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Kabale Shooting Victim Seeks UGX 500 million Compensation from RDC

Byamukama was shot by the RDCs military guard, Vanansio Kanyankole on May 21st July 2018 during campaign a rally at Kafunjo Health Centre II in Kafunjo parish.
Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Darias Nandiinda
Venansio Byamukama, the former Nyakahita village Council chairperson in Buhara Sub County is seeking Shillings 500million compensation from the Resident District Commissioner, Darias Nandiinda. 

Byamukama was shot by the RDC's military guard, Vanansio Kanyankole on May 21st July 2018 during campaign a rally at Kafunjo Health Centre II in Kafunjo parish.

The RDC was campaigning for Annet Kabagambe, the National Resistance Movement party candidate for the Buhara Sub County LC V councilor's seat. Confusion broke out at the rally when Nandiinda with backing from the Buhara Sub County LC 3 Chairperson, Joseph Baryamujura asked voters to reject Olivia Mbabazi for supporting ‘rebel' MP Wilfred Niwagaba in the 2016 polls.

The directives didn't go down well with Byamukama he openly vowed not to vote for Kabagambe. As a result, Nandinda reportedly ordered his escort to deal with Byamukama for defying directives from government officials. The soldier forced Byamukama out of the rally and released a bullet in the process, which hit his left leg.

Kabagambe later defeated Mbabazi during the elections. It is alleged that after the shooting, Nandiinda and Kanyankole grabbed Byamukama removed his shirt and started assaulting him for supporting Mbabazi, an Independent candidate.  He was later rushed to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital where he referred to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, a day later for further management. 

Through his lawyer, Wilfred Niwagaba of M/S Niwagaba Advocates and Solicitors, Byamukama says despite filing the matter at Kabale Central Police Station under CRB 1609/2018 he was not helped.

According to Byamukama, no police officer has ever recorded his statement about the incident. In his December 7th, 2018 letter declaring his intention to sue Byamukama wants Nandiinda, Kanyankole and the Office of the Attorney General pay him Shillings 500 million in special and exemplary damages.,

Byakukama says that he is unable to walk normally due to the gun shot, which has inconvenienced his life. He also argues that as a businessman, he has lost a daily income that grossly affected his family since he is the family head and sole breadwinner. Nandiinda declined to comment on the matter, saying he is yet to receive the suit papers.