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November Riots: Children of Deceased LC I Chairperson Drop Out of School

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 Kampala-Gulu highway.
Richard Mutyaba who was killed in November riots

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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 fees.   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 Kampala-Gulu highway.

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 deceased.

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      

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