Age Limit: Two people killed as Opposition, Police Turn Rukungiri into battlefield

Age Limit: Two people killed as Opposition, Police Turn Rukungiri into battlefield

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RUKUNGIRI- Police have blocked opposition politicians and their supporters led by former presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, from accessing Rukungiri Stadium where they had planned to hold a rally against the proposed amendment of the presidential age limit.

Dr Besigye was accompanied by Mr Patrick Amuriat, Kampala Lord Mayor, Mr Elias Lukwago and Ms Forum for Democratic Change Chief mobiliser, Ms Ingrid Turinawe

The group drove to the stadium located in Southern Division at about 2.40 pm accompanied by hundreds of supporters from Rukungiri Town but well blocked by police.

Police claim the opposition leaders had not notified them.

Mr Amuriat, aspiring Forum for Democratic Change party president, told police he had a consultative meeting in Rukungiri which argument was rejected by police officers.

During the standoff, some opposition supporters pelted police with stones. Police responded by firing bullets and tear gas. The supporters dispersed in disarray but later regrouped and more confrontation ensued.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that one person has been shot dead while scores of people are injured.

“This impunity will not stop our resolve to fight for democracy. We regret that one of our supporters has been killed and several others injured.I appeal to our supporters to keep calm but they should remain strong to get our country liberated,” Dr Besigye said.

Police are still battling the unrelenting opposition supporters.

It is reported that the second person who had been rushed to Nyakibale hospital has also died.

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