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Slain NRM Village Chairman's Wife Recounts His Last Hours

Nakyeyune, Kyeyune's sister wants the government to compensate his wife Nakanwagi because Kyeyune died on duty, "defending NRM's votes". Charles Kabagambe who was leading the protestors insists that Kyeyune took the bullet intended for Mutebi Kabwama, NRM's flag bearer in the Entebbe Municipality mayoral race, and described how the killer soldier calmly took aim from his sitting position on the patrol pick-up.
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The wife of Eric Kyeyune, the National Resistance Movement-NRM chairman Katabi-Kitubulu village has recounted his last hours before he was shot during Tuesday's morning protests in Entebbe Municipality.  He was among the NRM supporters who protested on Tuesday  against alleged vote rigging in the just concluded Entebbe Municipality mayoral race.

Florence Nakanwagi says Kyeyune was a die-hard NRM member  and the chairman of "Team Thorough". The team was charged with  combing the 24 villages of Entebbe Municipality  to sell all flagbearers at national and local government level. 

Nakanwagi says Kyeyune thereby spent his final moments on earth protecting and defending the votes of Michael Mutebi Kabwama, NRM flag bearer in the  Entebbe Municipality mayoral race. 

On Monday when voters went to elect the mayor and municipal councillors, Kyeyune left home by 5am because he was one of Mutebi’s polling agents at Katabi Town Council playground in Kitubulu. 

Around 7am, Nakawagi says Kyeyune received information that independent candidate Fabrice Rulinda had been declared the winner of the race, not Mutebi at Wakiso district tally centre. 

As a result, he said that he would also travel to Wakiso tally centre and join the team there.

Before leaving home, he ate some jack fruit and thereafter gave Nakanwagi money for food. Unknown to his family, that was the last time they would see him alive.

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Nakanwagi says a woman in the  neighbourhood informed her a few hours later that Kyeyune had been shot during the protests at Entebbe Central market.

"But he told us he was going to Wakiso, " Nakanwagi adds, "So I asked her  how he ended up at Entebbe Central market!''

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She thereafter run to the scene, amidst the heavy deployment along old Kampala road, Entebbe-Kampala highway due to the protests.

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Some of the protestors led by Charles Kabagambe alias Gologolo, say soldiers while firing live bullets targeted Mutebi but Kyeyune who moved in front of him was hit instead. Kabagambe explains how described how the killer soldier calmly took aim from his sitting position on the patrol pick-up. Uganda Red Cross Society volunteers  thereafter  took Kyeyune to Emmanuel Medical Centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Gologolo and Godfey Baguma were injured during the protests.

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Nakanwagi says she found Kyeyune's lifeless body at the medical centre before it was transferred to Mulago hospital for a postmortem.

The 45-year-old Kyeyune, apart from supporting and campaigning for the NRM,  was a broker and builder.  Kyeyune met his spouse Nakanwagi in 2002. He is also survived by three children, all below 18 years. 

His sister, Harriet Nakyeyune who traveled from Luweero to console Nakanwagi, describes Kyeyune as  humble, calm and peaceful. Kyeyune was born to Francis Ssenoga and Lovinsa Namakula and has three brothers and three sisters.

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She is saddened that he has died a few months after he reunited with his siblings in Naluvule village, Luweero. He left the village in 1994 and settled in Entebbe. He only returned to the village October last year and promised to visit again Christmas this year.

After his visit last year, he kept in touch with his family in the village, though he complained that some of them were disturbing him at a time he was looking for votes for President Yoweri Museveni.

She says it is unfortunate that he has died and yet he was trying to rebuild a relationship with his siblings and relatives in Luweero.

She wants the government to compensate Nakanwagi because Kyeyune was on duty, "defending NRM's votes". Nakanwagi agrees, saying Kyeyune has been the sole breadwinner.

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She now wants the government to compensate Nakanwagi because Kyeyune was on duty, "defending NRM's votes". Nakanwagi agrees, saying Kyeyune has been the sole breadwinner.

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