Kyagulanyi Protests: Kampala Death Toll Rises to 37

At least 37 bodies of people killed during the city riots that have so far been recorded at the Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) mortuary at Mulago Mulago Hospital, 21 more than the figure given by the police.

The police chief pathologist, Dr. Moses Byaruhanga, told journalists on Friday morning that so far, 31 bodies have been handed over to their respective families for burial while six bodies remain unclaimed for.

“As of today, November 20, the death toll is 37 (of which) four are females and 33 males. Most of the bodies have been take except six,” Dr. Byaruhanga said.

Two of the unclaimed bodies are women. Byaruhanga said that for now, the plan is to keep them for as long as they can for their relatives to turn up and claim them.

The deaths arise from the continuing riots that sprouted out in different parts of Kampala city on Wednesday following the arrest of the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu while on a  campaign trail in Luuka district.

Dr. Byaruhanga said that most of the bodies had injuries arising from firearms, stampede and traumatic accidents but added that they are still analyzing to come up with a comprehensive report for what could have been the cause of death for each. 

A report of 37 deaths being recorded at Mulago means that more than 40 Ugandans died from the protests in different parts of the country.

By Thursday, two deaths had been recorded in Iganga and the same number in Luweero.


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