Death Toll Rises to 49 as Kyagulanyi is Released

Records at Mulago National Referral Hospital suggest that the death toll from protests over the arrest of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi has risen to 49.   

 According to the Uganda Radio Network  (URN) an independent Kampala based news agency, 37 bodies were brought to the mortuary from different hospitals, while 12 died from Mulago National Referral Hospital.

David Niwamanya, the hospital’s principal administrator, says that some of the patients died on arrival at the hospital while others died in the process of being operated on to remove the bullets.

Read more: Kyagulanyi protests: Kampala death rises to 37

Meanwhile, the Iganga Chief Magistrate, Jessica Chemeri has released the presidential candidate on a non-cash bond of Shs 1 million.

 Kyagulanyi appeared at at the Iganga Magistrate Court on Friday afternoon and charges with doing an act likely to spread infectious diseases, under section 171 of the Penal Code Act.

His two sureties, MPs Paul Mwiru (Jinja Municipality East) and John Baptist Nambeshe (Manjiya) were each tagged on Shs 5 million not cash.

Kyagulanyi was arrested on Wednesday at Luuka district headquarters where he had gone to address a rally.

John Wasajja, the state prosecutor had objected to the bail application arguing that “granting him (Kyagulanyi) bail is going to give him chance to hold more processions.”

His arguments were however shot down by Medard Lubega Sseggona, the head of Kyagulanyi’s defence team.

Chemeri allowed the bail application but ordered Kyagulanyi not to hold processions to and from his campaign meetings, limit the meetings to 200 people and put hand washing facilities at his campaign venues.

The case was adjourned till December 18.


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