Mother of Bugiri Gunshot Victim Appeals for Help

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17-year-old Stephen Sekayuyu, a student at Alliance high school was hit by four bullets while returning from his home village on a boda boda motorcycle. His widowed mother Monica Brenda, says two bullets remained in his buttocks and hips, which require surgery to be removed.

The mother of a teenage boy who was shot during riots at Bugiri district tally center during the presidential and parliamentary elections is seeking for help to operate on her son.  17-year-old Stephen Sekayuyu, a student at Alliance high school was hit by four bullets while returning from his home village on a boda boda motorcycle.

His widowed mother Monica Brenda, says three bullets remained in his buttocks and hips, which require surgery to be removed. She however, says doctors require Shillings 700,000 to conduct the surgery.  According to Brenda, she sold her cow and only managed to raise Shillings 300,000.

 "My husband died four years ago and am just a peasant farmer who cannot afford this huge bill they are demanding from me "she said. Stephen Sekayuyu told URN that he was hit when they approached the Bugiri district headquarters as Police battled Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party supporters who were protesting the delayed declaration of the poll results.

 "I asked the boda boda cyclist to stop and we go back but he insisted there was no problem. As we passed one of the protesters threw a stone at a policeman who was standing nearby prompting him to start shoot back," he said.

He says after the incident the boda boda cyclist abandoned him and rode back towards Muterere trading center.  Sekayuyu says he was rescued by sympathisers who rushed him to Fastline Medical Center in Bugiri town council.

Abdu Nakendo, a doctor at Fastline Medical Center, says three more bullets are still lodged in Sekayuyu's hips and buttocks that need to be removed. Edirisa Kyeyune, the Bugiri District Police Commander, says he has forwarded the matter to Police headquarters.