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How UCU student was killed at Makerere University Guild campaigns

One student was confirmed dead following a scuffle between the National Unity Platform (NUP) and the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) supporters on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

The deceased has been identified as Batungura Bewotti, 27, a student of law at Uganda Christian University and resident of Kikoni Zone B, Makerere 3 Parish, Kawempe Division in Kampala. He came to Makerere to support Justus Tukamushaba, the FDC flag bearer.

Reports indicate that the incident took place at around 7 pm during the last guild presidential open campaigns at Makerere University Rugby Grounds.

It is alleged that during the campaigns a scuffle ensued between NUP and FDC supporters that resulted in the stabbing of the deceased by students who were allegedly led by Hon. Kabuye Frank among others.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan deputy spokesperson, they were informed about the incident and upon reaching the scene, they found blood stains believed to be for the deceased inside Nsibirwa Hall, where he hid there after the scuffle that led to his stabbing.

“We have arrested three people whom we believe were part of the chaos. These are; Hon. Kabuye Frank, who is detained at CPS Kampala, Ssekidde Allan, currently detained at Wandegeya police station, and Kabuurwa Muzafaru, who is detained at Old Kampala police station,” said Owoyesigyire.

He further revealed that the territorial police at Kampala Metropolitan North are investigating the circumstances under which he was murdered.

“Efforts are underway to have other suspects traced. We have cordoned off the area, statements are still being recorded and CCTV footage will be retrieved to aid in the ongoing investigations,” he said.

The body of the deceased was conveyed to the city mortuary in Mulago for postmortem from Makerere Hospital where he succumbed to the wound.

Meanwhile, Makerere University has indefinitely called off the guild elections.

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