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Mother Stages Lone Protest for Teenage Son Killed in November Protests

According to Nakitto, Ssegawa was killed by a stray bullet in Kisenyi as he scampered with her to board a taxi in Usafi Taxi Park to escape the riot. “He was shot in the mouth and fell down.
Hajjarah Nakitto marching to Parliament

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Hajjarah Nakitto, whose teenage son was, killed during the November 18th, 2020 riots triggered by the arrest of former presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu in Luuka district is seeking compensation from the government.

She staged a lone protest at the gates of parliament on Monday seeking justice for her 15-old-son, Amos Ssegawa.  Dressed in a black dress alongside her daughter with a blue placard written on “We Need Justice, Police Killed Him, Rest in Peace Ssegawa Amos”, Nakitto marched from Food Hub along Kampala road to the gates of Parliament weeping.

She said that her son was innocently killed during the riots by security forces and since then, she has never been compensated.

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The police guards at the parliament blocked her and confiscated the placard she was carrying. They directed her to proceed to the next gate despite her insistence to meet Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament to take her to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who had promised compensation for the riot victims. 

On November 30th, 2020, Museveni said the government would compensate families of those killed during the city protests. He said the people who died on the November 18th, 2020 riots would be divided into victims and rioters. 54 people were shot by soldiers during the riots. The president said 32 were rioters and 22 were victims whose families were to be compensated.

However, there hasn’t been any clear information on the compensation since then. Nakitto says that the president’s statement is yet to come to fruition. She says that she doesn’t mind the silence of other families, saying that she cannot keep quiet considering the pain she goes through every day and night ever since she lost her son.  

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According to Nakitto, Ssegawa was killed by a stray bullet in Kisenyi as he scampered with her to board a taxi in Usafi Taxi Park to escape the riot. “He was shot in the mouth and fell down. We were trying to save our lives,” Nakitto said.  According to Nakitto, she had high hopes in her son who was in senior two at Lubiri High School.

He was a footballer featuring in the school team and was aiming at joining the national team. She wants compensation of at least Shillings 2 billion. After entering parliament, Nakitto said that she wasn’t able to meet Kadaga but was asked to write a letter requesting to meet the speaker and attach all files of the case.

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Senior Presidential Press Secretary Don Wanyama said he didn’t have details about the compensation. “I need to cross-check but usually such compensation would be through the security agencies,” he said.