Mityana shooting survivors drag government to court

By Sania Babirye
Survivors of the Mityana police shooting have taken government to High court. The seven football fans are  seeking to be compensated for the injuries sustained during the bizarre incident.
 These including Doreen Asiimwe, Jalia Nkamya, Derrick Sengooba, Hassan Sebulime,  Abubakari Segawa,  Jerengesa Matovu and  Ramathan Muwonge were going to  to watch Buganda’s Masaza cup between Kyaggwe and the current champions –Singo when police shot at a commuter taxi they were traveling in .
 In their suit filed before the High Court Civil Division, the seven also want court to compel  the Attorney General identify and dismiss from service  the police officers who shot at them.
 The incident happened on August 19th 2018, at Mityana.  The plaintiffs   and other people were traveling in a taxi Registration number UBA 869C when unidentified police men showered bullets at their vehicle.
Two people were killed instantly while several others were severely injured.
Through their lawyer, Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, the seven applicants contend that the shooting was unprovoked which makes it  a violation of  the police’s constitutional role of protecting lives and property of citizens.
One of the applicants Doreen Asiimwe   says she is a hair dresser and  states in her affidavit that  the incident happened at about mid-day when a police patrol car started chasing after  their vehicle (taxi) from the Busuubizi-Mityana- Kampala Road junction until when they started spraying their car with   bullets which  deflated its tyres causing the Taxi  stagger and finally brought it  to  a stop .
 According to Asiimwe six bullets went through her two legs ,  three bullets entered the left thigh and others caught her stomach making her to bleed profusely.
 However 2 months since the incident happened, police has not come out to identify or apprehend any of its men for this wanton shooting.
 But While speaking at the opening of St. Andrews Cathedral, Namukozi in Mityana district last Saturday, president Yoweri Kaguta  Museveni  apologized to the locals  about the shooting.
He further told the congregation that he was very sorry for the mistake by police that led to death of people and injuring others.
 The case file has been allocated to Justice Lydia Mugambe and hearing will commence on November 7th this year.  .