Tear gas canister shatters woman’s leg as police disperse Bobi Wine’s supporters in Kotido

Santa Alanyo's leg was shattered by a tear gas canister as police were dispersing Bobi Wine's supporters in Kotido Municipality

Kotido, Uganda | URN | A 54-year-old woman has been admitted at Kotido Health Centre IV with a shattered leg after being hit by a tear gas canister. 

Santa Alanyo, a single mother of 4 children was hit by the teargas canister fired on Friday 13, November 2020 as police dispersed supporters of the National Unity Platform’s [NUP] presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.  

Rosa Napio, a health worker at Kotido Health Centre IV, says although Alanyo is in pain, she has now stabilized.

“We are managing her condition and she is stable,” said Napio.

Alanyo said from her sickbed that the injury has left her helpless and unable to fend for her 4 children. A police officer on Bobi Wine’s security detail was also injured during an altercation between the local police and the guards in Panyangara in Kotido municipality.

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NUP supporters lined the roads to cheer Bobi Wine prompting police to disperse them with tear gas and live bullets.

Police had earlier on tried to divert Wine’s convoy via senior quarters at Muria Gaz to the Mayor’s Garden next to Kotido Central Police Station [CPS] where he was scheduled to address his supporter without reaching town but he maneuvered his way and ended up in the central business district.