By Ben Musanje

23rd March 2023


Two boda boda riders have been wounded by stray bullets fired by one of the Uganda People Defense Force (UPDF) soldiers during the eviction exercise of encroachers at Namboole Stadium land on Thursday morning.


The victims have been identified as Moses Wambi aged 20years a resident of Namataba, Kirinya  in Bweyogerere and Warren Nuwamanya 43, a resident of Kireka B Kiira Municipality, Wakiso District.


UPDF Engineering Brigade was contracted to carry out renovation of Namboole Stadium and they constructed a wall fence closing in all the encroachers on the land.


Encroachers were told to vacate, some left while other few remained demanding compensation from the government.


The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango says that today during the eviction, some few people who attempted to resist forced UPDF soldiers to fire in the air and in the process stray bullets injured Wambi and Nuwamanya yet the exercise had been successful.


Onyango adds that Wambi was rushed to Gwatiro hospital in Bweyogerere while Nuwamanya was admitted at Good Samaritan Clinic in Kireka where they received treatment and were later discharged.


He however appreciates the residents who willingly left the land before the eviction and the local leaders for cooperating with security personnel during the exercise.


Col Deo Akiiki, the UPDF Deputy Spokesperson noted that the violent encroachers were incited by one chairman Kawooya to attack the army engineers.


He says that some encroachers have resisted eviction and are still occupying the land.


The renovation of Mandela National Stadium-Namboole kicked off in January 2022 nearly two years after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) blacklisted the stadium from hosting because it was substandard.


Thursday 23rd March 2023 06:49:16 PM