At least 19 people have so far died from the protests that erupted in different parts of the country following Wednesday’s arrest of presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).
The police, backed up by the army opened fire at protesters who were demanding the unconditional release of the music star cum politician who is seen as the leading challenger of President Yoweri Museveni’s 2021 re-election bid.
At the city mortuary at Mulago National Referral Hospital, 16 bodies were received on Wednesday evening but the death toll is expected to go up since more people were injured during the protests, Dr Moses Byaruhanga, the police chief pathologist said.
“We received 16 bodies, 15 were men while one was female. We have finished examining them and are in the process of handing them over to their respective families for a descent burial,” Byaruhanga said.
According to Dr. Byaruhanga, the sixteen died as a result of gunshots, suffocation from tear gas while others were killed in hit and run accidents.
A Uganda Radio Network (URN) reporter who was at the city mortuary saw three more bodies being taken in.
Police have meanwhile beefed up security at the mortuary as the relatives began to arrive to collect the bodies.
Dr Rosemary Byanyima, the Deputy Executive Director Mulago Hospital says that 46 people have been admitted at the casualty ward nursing injuries sustained in the protests. According to Byanyima, four people died last night as a result of injuries.
She also cautioned people against taking the injured to nearby clinics.
Elsewhere, two people died at Iganga hospital from injuries sustained during the riots while in Luweero, one man died instantly after being shot.