Death toll rises to 16 in Uganda's violent protests over the arrest of opposition presidential candidate Robert Kaguliani
A supporter of the presidential candidate Bobi Wine was among those detained in the district of Luuka, Uganda, on Wednesday. Protesters were demonstrating against the candidate’s arrest.Credit…Abubaker Lubowa/Reuters

Police said on Thursday that the death toll had risen to 16 in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, following the arrest of opposition presidential candidate Robert Kaguliani. Police Director of Medical Services Musa Byruhanga told reporters that Mulago National Referral Hospital has so far received 15 deceased men and a woman, who succumbed to various injuries sustained in the protests.

Byerhuanga said, “16 people were killed due to gunshots, suffocation from tear gas, and others were killed in hit-and-run accidents.

Mulago Hospital Deputy Executive Director Rosemary Bayanima said a total of 46 people have been admitted to the hospital’s casualty ward.

The arrest of Kayagulani on Wednesday in Lusaka in the Eastern District over the demolition of the guidelines of the COVID-19 campaign led to sporadic protests in parts of the East African country. Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Patrick Onyango told Xinhua by telephone that two days after the protests on Thursday, victims, and casualties were

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