At least four Police Constables attached to Kampala Capital City Authority
–KCCA have been suspended for shooting and injuring a student during an operation
against street vendors.
Rachael Nankya, 14, a student Lugazi Secondary School was hit with a rubber
bullet on the mouth losing three of her teeth.
At around 1 pm, police released several rubber bullets to save the
KCCA enforcement team that was being surrounded by angry vendors resisting the
arrest of their colleagues and confiscation of their merchandise.
Nankya who was injured in the chaos that marred outside Old Taxi and
Mini Price. Nankya’s mother sustained injuries on the
arm while another man identified as Jimmy was also hit by two rubber bullets on
Lusoke Kitumwa, the commandant of all
police officers attached to KCCA vowed to penalize all the officers who were
involved in the shooting of the victims.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, says that the four
officers have stepped aside to allow smooth investigations.
//cue in “maybe by the end of…
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Kitumwa has since instructed the head of KCCA Criminal Investigations
Department–ASP Benson Waitumu, to speed up the investigations. Nankya was
rushed to Mulago hospital where she is still receiving treatment.
One of the eyewitnesses, Suubi Muyingo, said the girl was moving with her
mother when the chaos started and she stopped to see what was happening. At the
moment, anti-riot police officers also known as Field Force Police- FFP wearing
helmets opened fire at vendors and pedestrians.
Another witness, Ssalongo Nsubuga, also a vendor at Old Park, vowed that
they will continue fighting against brutality unleashed to them by KCCA
The incident came a week
after Inspector General of Police –IGP Martin Ochola, ordered Kampala
Metropolitan police officers to withdraw 261 personnel attached to KCCA
installations and directors.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.