Police Says Allegations that a Kid Died of Teargas During Kasangati Violence are False

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, SP Patrick Onyango.

Police has come out to dismiss allegations that one of the victims (a kid) in Monday’s chaotic incident in Kasangati where Police blocked a planned political meeting by MP Robert Kagulanyi (Bobi Wine), is dead.

In a statement released Wednesday, the spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan Police, SP Patrick Onyango said the death allegations are false.

“This is to inform the public that the dispersal of violent crowds o Monday 6th January, where it was being claimed that a child had died of teargas inhalation; is false”

He said Police conducted investigations which revealed that the victim had non life threatening injuries and had been discharged. They proceeded to the home and found the victim okay, Onyango says.

Police has also dismissed information that has been circulating on social media that one of its offices, ASP Andrew Agume, was injured by a live bullet.

“The rubber bullet was removed and he is recovering well. We are in touch with the victims and their families,” Police said.

“The public should know that we used non lethal methods if crowd dispersal. Our officers were mindful of close range attacks, avoided mass teargas but targeted violent crowds and ensured the use of rubber bullets was limited”.

Onyango says no live bullets were used, adding that the tactics used were to render rioters helpless for arrest.

A total of 45 suspects were arrested and they have been screened. Most of them were released on Police bond, including three MPs – Bobi Wine, Asuman Basalirwa and Latif Ssebagala.

According to the latest statement, 18 suspects remain in custody and they face charges of obstruction and disobedience of lawful orders under the Public Order Management Act.

Onyango said the suspects’ file has been submitted to the Resident State Attorney for perusal and legal advice.

Police has asked the members of People Power political grouping, led by Bobi Wine, to desist from violent approaches.

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