Man Shot for Using Road During Curfew

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Luweero district authorities have started negotiations with eight families over a blocked road after a shooting incident. The shooting incident occurred on Monday night.

Luweero district authorities have started negotiations with eight families over a blocked road after a shooting incident. The shooting incident occurred on Monday night.
 
A man identified as Fredrick Walugembe was shot by Special Police Constable Ismail Sekabira as he walked to the home of Erios Nakijjo.
 
Walugembe was shot in the arm and is presently receiving treatment for his injury at Mulago Hospital in Kampala.
 
Walugembe was in the company of his wife Ritah Nanyanzi, a resident of Lumu zone in Luweero town.
 
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Erios Nakijjo is one of the eight families whose homes are adjacent to the Luweero district headquarters. The others include Dorothy Nakazibwe, Ibrahim Mwonge, Suzan Kisakye, Fred Mukiga among others.
 
The families which number about 30 persons are in Kasoma zone, Luweero town council.
 
Nakijjo says their troubles started after the district bought land opposite their homes and constructed its headquarters. Nakijjo says many of the families had been living in the area since the 1990s.
 
Nakijjo says that the residents were surprised recently to see district authorities led by LC 5 Chairman Abdul Nadduli visit the area and announce that the road should not be used at night. The road leads directly to their homes.
 
It is the guard who was instructed to ensure the road is not used at night that shot Walugembe on Monday.
 
Nakazibwe says their petitions against the order to the LC 5 chairman Nadduli, office of Chief Administrative Officer  and Regional Police Commander were ignored.
 
Nakazibwe says they have been forced to follow an unofficial 6pm curfew because of the order.
 
A fellow resident Ibrahim Muwonge says he does not understand why they are being punished yet they settled in the area long before the district headquarters were constructed.
 
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We were unable to reach Abdul Nadduli, the Luweero LC 5 Chairman, for comment as he was out of office. The deputy chief administrative officer Christopher Oketayot did confirm the road ban.
 
Oketayot says the ban was instituted after the headquarters were robbed several times of  computers, records and installations vandalised.
 
Oketayot claims that the authorities have initiated talks with the affected families to come up with an amicable solution to the problem.
 
The acting Savannah Regional Police Commander Idd Kigenyi says that Ismail Sekabira remains in custody and will be held accountable as individual. He, however, says police will not compensate the victim as an institution. 
 
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.