The deceased’s sister, Prossy Namaganda says Nabukenya was returning from Mukono-Seeta when she was knocked. “She called in the morning and notified me that I should pack for her some people power clothes, which she was to wear before joining her colleagues,” she said.
People power supporters at city mortuary
There was chaos in different city suburbs on
Monday after as police battled People Power activists protesting the death of
their colleague who was reportedly knocked by a police patrol vehicle.
Ritah Nabukenya, 28 who was commonly known as Priya in People
Power circles was traveling on a Boda boda on her way to attend a consultative
meeting by their leader, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine in Ndeeba. She was
knocked by police patrol vehicle registration number UP 4841 around Nakawa
deceased’s sister, Prossy Namaganda says Nabukenya was returning from Mukono-Seeta when she was knocked. “She called in
the morning and notified me that I should pack for her some people power
clothes, which she was to wear before joining her colleagues,” she said.
Namaganda however, says that she was called only to be told
that her sister had been knocked by police and admitted at Mulago National
Referral Hospital. “By the time I reached Mulago she was still alive and in
pain. She couldn’t say anything. I watched her breathing her last,” she told
URN with tears rolling down her cheeks.
Nabukenya’s death spread on social media shortly after it was
shared by Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu on his accounts. “Yet again, our supporter
and leader in the people power movement has been run over and killed by police.
Nabukenya Rita was on her way to Kampala on a motorcycle when police spotted
her and ran after her…,” read the tweet in parts.
The tweet came out at the time when several people power
supporters were moving from Buganda Road Court, where their principal had gone
for trial. Some of the rowdy youths changed their course and moved towards
Mulago National Referral Hospital.
a protest at the city mortuary demanding for the
deceased’s body but police couldn’t let them inside leading to running battles
at the hospital. The protests spread to
Kubiri, Kavule, Mawanda road, Kalerwe and Bwaise within a very short time.
“Release her body, we want it,” the youth chanted in unison
as others accused police officers of being used as killing machines to suppress
them. The protests paralysed transport and business in the affected areas. A
yet to be established number of youths were arrested by police.
Although people power supporters claim that the deceased was
intentionally knocked, police has refuted the allegations. The Deputy Kampala
Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigire, says the Boda boda, which
was carrying the deceased, tried to overtake the police vehicle and ended up
colliding with another motorcycle.
“It was the patrol vehicle that rushed her to the hospital. We
have gotten to learn that she succumbed to the injuries sustained during the
accident and passed on,” said Owoyesigire. Owoyesigire notes that police has stated investigating the
matter by recording statements from eye witness and the officers who were on
the police vehicle. He also says they intend to retrieve CCTV footage to
confirm what exactly happened.