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Builder Killed in Nkumba Pro-Kyagulanyi Protests

The builder, identified by residents as Alex Mugasha, was killed last night during protests in Nkumba, Katabi Town Council. as he stepped out to go and buy something to eat
A bullet shell where Alex Mugasha's body was found

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One person, identified by residents as Alex Mugasha, was killed last night during protests in Nkumba, Katabi Town Council. He was shot in the head and chest at about 8pm On Thursday.

The protestors were demanding for the release of National Unity Platform-  NUP's presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi. Kyagulanyi  was arrested on Wednesday in Luuka.

Eye witnesses say Mugasha, a builder in his 30s,  was not part of the protestors but became a victim because he had moved out on the street to look for what to eat. 

The incident happened as police and military officers tried to disperse protestors in Kisembi cell in Nkumba after rowdy crowds, mostly residents, started burning tyres.

Residents alerted police officers this morning after finding Mugasha's lifeless body on the roadside.

The police officers have now taken his body to  Mulago National Specialised Hospital for a postmortem. 

Patrick Onyango, the spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Police, says the police has scanty information about the incident and details about the deceased.

He says residents alerted police and officers who went and picked the body,

"When we (police officers)  reached there, the crowd was already charged and they started pelting our officers with stones," Onyango noted.

He adds, "So they simply picked the body and went away. They didn't gather much information. They only got one name as Alex."

He however says officers will return to the scene and gather more information. 

Some of the residents have expressed their grief while others say Mugasha's death has given them more zeal to continue pushing for change. 

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One of the residents says Nkumba residents' vote will be affected by the brutality by security officers.

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On Wednesday, Police shot Abubaker Kato Lubwama, a taxi driver in Namulanda during protests. This brings the number people so far killed during pro-Kyagulanyi protests along Entebbe Road to two.

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