National Unity Platform Presidential Candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine has confirmed one of his personal body guards Mr. Frank Ssenteza has died.
Ssenteza was allegedly run over by a military truck No. H4DF 2382 at the Busega round about, a Kampala surbub.
He and others on Bobi Wine’s campaign trail were following an ambulance in journalist Ashraf Kasirye was being carried as they rushed him to Rubaga Hospital in Kampala.
Kasirye who works for Radio One and online Ghetto TV is said to have been shot in the head as Police and the Army dispersed Mr Kyagulanyi supporters in Masaka who were chanting on him as he headed to Lwengo District on Sunday.
“I regret to announce the death of our security team member Mr Francis Senteza Kalibala also known as Frank. Francis was run over by a military police patrol truck Number H4DF 2382 which had blocked us in Busega as we were taking comrade Kasirye Ashraf for emergency medical attention in Rubaga hospital.
Francis passed away a few minutes ago at Rubaga hospital. May your life never perish in vain brother. Rest in peace.
A very sad day!” – Kyagulanyi tweeted.
Mr Kyagulanyi later converged a meeting with his team to release the sad news. He encouraged them to remain strong amidst all the changes but he too later broke down as he went back to the intensive care unit where Kasirye is being admitted.
Earlier on Sunday, Mr Mathias Mpuuga, the NUP deputy president in charge of the Central region, told journalists the party was suspending campaigns following the shooting of Mr Ashraf Kasirye.
“The campaigns have been suspended as of today because the president has gone with Ashiraf who is badly injured. We shall communicate to the country probably before the fall of the day as to our next course of action,” Mr Mpuuga said.
Mpuuga, who doubles as the Masaka Municipality MP, said the shooting of Kasirye is a direct attack on the media in the country.
“There is no doubt the media has been the difference in this campaign and especially social media. The mainstream media is also targeted because invariably they all see the desire for us as a country to move in clear light. I want to invite Ugandans to reject this upfront on the media, to reject any attempt to muzzle the media, to reject any attempt to try and make this a dark country where information is hidden and you are not able to see through the actions of those who wield power,” The MP is quoted by Daily Monitor as saying.
He said the party will have internal consultations to decide on what to do next.
Two other journalists NTV reporter Ali Mivule and NBS TV senior Reporter, Daniel Lutaaya were also injured during the caos and are admitted at Masaka regional referral hospital.
In their response, through spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga, the Police said chaos ensued after security team had “violent confrontations” with the Kyadondo East MP and his supporters at a check point in Kyabakuza after they allegedly defied the route plan agreed upon to Kyotera District where he was supposed to campaign today.
“Tear gas was used to quell the violence and journalists were regrettably caught up during the process of dispersing the violent group. Notably among them was a Ghetto TV crew member identified as Ashraf Kasirye, who sustained blunt force injuries above the left eye allegedly from a canister. The victim was rushed to Masaka Referral Hospital for medical attention. He remains stable but in serious condition and on transfer to Kampala for better management.”
Mr Enanga said they had opened up a case file for more investigations into the matter.