A 54-year-old woman was rushed to Kotido Health center IV in Kotido district with a shuttered leg after being hit a teargas canister as the police dispersed supporters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
Santa Alanyo, a single mother of four was left bleeding profusely from a wound she sustained on her left leg as the police battled Kyagulanyi’s supporters after the presidential candidate campaigned in the district on Friday.
Rosa Napio, a health worker at Kotido Health center IV, says although Alanyo is in pain, she has stabilized. “We are managing her condition and she is stable,” said Napio.
A police officer on Kyagulanyi’s security detail was also injured during an altercation between the local police and the guards in Panyangara in Kotido Municipality.
NUP supporters lined up to cheer Kyagulanyi prompting police to disperse them with tear gas and live bullets.
Police had earlier on tried to divert Kyagulanyi’s convoy via senior quarters at Muria Gaz to the Mayor’s garden next to Kotido police station where he was scheduled to address his supporters without reaching town but he manoeuvred his way and ended up in the central business district.