One person has died after being shot by a policeman during a protest over the ongoing detention of pop star-turned-MP Robert Kyagulanyi, a police official said on Friday.
Regional police chief Francis Chemusto said officers were responding on Thursday night to a protest in the home town of the MP, who is better known as Bobi Wine, in Bukalamuli, some 120km west of Kampala.
“Protesters were burning tyres in the middle of the road. When our officers reached the scene they ordered the protesters to stop but one man rushed into his house and picked up an axe and a panga (machete) and charged towards our officer, who shot in self-defence and injured him,” said Chemusto.
“The man was rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds but has unfortunately died,” Chemusto said, adding the officer involved had been arrested.
Kyagulanyi moved from Bukalamuli to a poor neighbourhood of the capital where he began a music career, becoming known as the Ghetto President, and became an MP in a by-election last year.
For many, he embodies the struggles, frustrations and hopes of the young, poor and marginalised in a youthful nation whose often elderly rulers can seem dismissive of their plight.
The protester is the third person to be killed since August 14, when a rowdy crowd allegedly led by Kyagulanyi smashed the windscreen of President Yoweri Museveni’s car during campaigning for a hard-fought by-election in the town of Arua.
In the ensuing chaos, police fired live rounds to disperse the crowd. Kyagulanyi’s driver was shot dead during the events, but police say they have yet to establish who killed him.
The 36-year-old pop star was arrested alongside four other MPs including opposition lawmaker Francis Zaake.
Police opened fire on a protest by Zaake’s supporters on Sunday, killing a man travelling in a bus carrying football fans who were not involved in the demonstration.
Kyagulanyi detention has sparked protests in Kampala, and outside the capital, with small demonstrations also taking place in Nairobi, London, Washington and Tokyo.
The singer was on Thursday charged with treason.
Ramaphosa Deploys SANDF To Mozambique As Cyclone Affects SA Power Supply
South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa says he has deployed the South African National Defense Force, SANDF, to Mozambique to assist in recovery efforts after cyclone Idal caused severe damage, knocking down pylons and affecting power supply to Eskom.
The storm is said to have damaged a Mozambican transmission line to South Africa, cutting supplies by 900 mega watts, and worsening already strained electricity supply in South Africa.
The president has apologized to South Africans for the crisis that has led to an increase in load shedding. Ramaphosa said the problem should be cleared within two to three days.
Kenya: Former Destitute Man, Patrick Hinga Passes On
Former destitute street adult in Kenya, Patrick Hinga, has died. His rescue and transformation by a former schoolmate became an internet sensation. Hinga’s rehabilitation from the abyss of drug abuse was captured and shared step by step on social media by Wanja Nwaura, a childhood friend, who also broke the sad news on Sunday.
Nwaura had a chance meeting with Hinga in 2017 when he shouted her name as she was getting to a market. A journey back from drug addiction began for Nwaura’s childhood friend who had spent many years living in the streets.
Nwaura took Hinga out of the streets and got him help at a local rehabilitation center. Born in 1983, Hinga’s drug problems began when he was in standard 8. His friends introduced him to the lifestyle that later destroyed him.
Nwaura launched an appeal for Hinga’s rehabilitation as the Chiromo medical lane center. He completed the program in 2018, and the hospital waived a fifteen hundred dollars bill.
Nwaura did not say what caused her friend’s death.
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Black boxes from the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crash last week have shown what authorities call “clear similarities” with October’s lion air crash 737.
The crash has generated one of the most widely watched and high-stakes inquiries for years, with the latest version of Boeing’s profitable max series.
Both jets in the crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia were max 8, and both crashed minutes after take-off when pilots reported control problems.
Concern over the plane’s safety led aviation authorities to ground the model, wiping billions off Boeing’s market value.
Ethiopian transport ministry spokesman, Muse Yiheyis, has said the data were successfully recovered, and they show similar case with the Indonesian crash. He said American and Ethiopian teams had validated data from the black boxes. Us officials told Reuters News Agency in Washington they have not validate the data.
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