The education of two students
whose father was shot dead during the November riots last year hangs in balance. The two are likely not to
resume studies when schools reopen in January next year due to the lack of tuition
The two are the
children of the late Richard Mutyaba, 45, the former LC I Chairperson of Kasaala village and Head
of Laity at Kasaala Catholic Church.
Mutyaba was gunned down on November 18th, 2020 while
trying to calm down crowds
that had lit a
fire at Kasaala trading center, about two miles from Luwero town along the
The youths were protesting the arrest of the National Unity Platform-NUP presidential candidate, Robert
Kyagulanyi during his campaigns in Luuka
district. Eyewitnesses say that
Uganda Peoples Défense Forces -UPDF soldiers guarding an unidentified
government official traveling in a double cabin fired live bullets at the protester killing Mutyaba who was standing 100 meters across the
road. Mutyaba died on the way to the hospital.
Mutyaba’s widow, Reginah Nansubuga, says that her deceased husband left behind three children. She that two
of the orphans successfully sat their
senior four and six examinations at St Andrews Kaggwa Secondary School in
Kasaala. The third child is supposed to sit Primary Leaving Examinations
when schools resume next year.
Nansubuga however says that the two who sat examinations will
not be able to return to school because she is unable to pay their tuition fees. She explains that the boy who was supposed to join a higher institution of learning is already working as a
porter at a construction site
to start off life whereas the girl who sat senior four is stuck at home looking
for a job.
Nansubuga has committed to only looking for fees for the 14-year-old child to enable him to complete
primary seven and join a higher
institution of learning. She
says that before his death, Mutyaba had bought a plot of land to construct rentals to get a stable income to support the education of his children but his death shattered the dream.
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Nansubuga, who is a bursar at St. Andrew Kaggwa Secondary
School, says that
by the time her husband died, she had acquired a loan to be serviced over five years. She is also repaying another loan her husband had taken over from his mother-in-law prior to his
death. Policemen visited the
family once and promised to report back the findings in vain.
To date, residents who witnessed the shooting at
Kasaala trading center fear to speak about the incident for fear of persecution by
security personnel. Erastus
Kibirango, the Luwero LC 5 Chairman, says that about three people were killed during the riots.
He says that although President
Yoweri Museveni promised to compensate the
bereaved families, Mutyaba’s family is yet
to see any official following up on the pledge. Kibirango asked the government to fulfill its
pledge to compensate the bereaved families to enable them to look after the
children left behind by the
During the protests that rocked Luwero and
Wobulenzi town councils, Police arrested scores of suspects and charged them in Luwero Chief Magistrate’s Court. The
majority of the suspects were released on court bail. Only 10 are still facing five counts of terrorism contrary to sections 7(1) (b) (2) (b)
and 7 (1) (b) (2) (c) of the Anti-Terrorism act 2002