There have been a series of protests since the incident with persistent calls for the top National Resistance Movement (NRM) leadership to reprimand their candidate- Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo, incumbent Kyotera constituency MP, for allowing his supporters to disorganize the DP rally.
The body of Richard Kayabula, who was shot dead on Friday evening at a Democratic Party campaign rally in Kyotera, has been handed over to his family members amid protests.
His body was received by his family, party members and colleagues from Kalisizo hospital for burial arrangements. There have been a series of protests since the incident with persistent calls for the top National Resistance Movement (NRM) leadership to reprimand their candidate- Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo, incumbent Kyotera constituency MP, for allowing his supporters to disorganise the DP rally.
Still the protesters want the police to arrest the group that interrupted their rally and caused a situation which led to the death of their colleague. The incident occurred at Nakatoogo trading centre in Nabigasa sub-county on Friday evening when a group of supporters of from Kasolo’s camp stormed a rally of John Paul Mpalanyi, the DP Candidate for Kyotera Constituency.
Shortly, a scuffle ensued and police fired teargas and live bullets to disperse the charged groups. Kayabula was shot in the head and died instantly.
A total of five people including two pupils of Nakatoogo primary school were injured.
The DP leadership in Kyotera and the aggrieved family members are calling police to investigate the incident to have justice for their colleague while the family wants the government to compensate them for their loss.
At first it was alleged that Kayabula was shot three times in the head in an execution style which propelled the protesters’ anger. Groups of protesters have been camping at the hospital demanding the body and the postmortem report. However, the postmortem report revealed that one bullet hit Kayabula from the back of the head, which calmed the protesters.
According to Henry Ssemakula a colleague to the deceased and one of the campaigners of Mpalanyi camp, they have received the body and they are to proceed with the burial today. Ssemakula explains that they are to announce what next after the burial and appealed to government to look into the matter because people may be forced to avenge Kayabula’s death if nothing is done.
He says investigations should begin with police officers including Judith Akello, the Kyotera District Police Commander, who are allegedly being used by Kasolo. Patrick Kintu Kisekulo, the incumbent-Kyotera District Local Council (LC5) Chairperson, is Mpalanyi’s chief campaigner. He says that if the campaigns have reached this level then it would be better for the district security committee to act responsibly this time to stem such actions.
Ismael Dafara, Kasolo's campaign manager, still insists that his candidate Kasolo had nothing to do with the incident and claims the opposition candidates are trying to frame him for political reasons. However, Muhammad Nsubuga, the Masaka Regional Police spokesperson, says they have arrested four people from Kasolo’s camp for attacking Mpalanyi’s supporters and investigations continue.