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Shot Western Youths MP aspirant to launch guns are not sticks campaign

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By Aaron Ainomugisha

Simon Katuramu, an aspirant for the Western region Youths MP who was shot yesterday has promised to launch guns are not sticks campaign as a way to raise awareness and condemn the continued misuse of fire arms in Uganda.

Katuramu was yesterday evening shot in the back allegedly by Police at Uganda Revenue Authority (UNRA) weighbridge Biharwe station in Mbarara city. Katuramu together with other three occupants were travelling in a lorry registration number UBF 109 D loaded with iron sheets by the time they were shot at.

Speaking to our reporter at Mbarara regional referral hospital where he is nursing the gun shot injury, Katuramyu revealed that as he was coming from Kampala yesterday, his car got a mechanical problem in Lyantonde and he boarded the FUSO from where he was shot.

Katuramu further revealed that after reaching at the scene of crime, they were ordered to stop by the Police officers but the driver didn’t stop prompting officers to shoot in the air and at the tyres. In the process, Katuramu was shot in the left rib side. During the shooting, Ivan Saturday Bimanyirwoha, a resident of Rukungiri district was shot dead.

Katuramu added that after his recovery God willingly, he will launch a campaign dubbed Guns are not sticks aiming at condemning and calling for action against he continued misuse of fire arms in Uganda.

A police officer, Corporal John Osoda Davis and a UNRA driver identified as Robert Patrick Mutabazi have since then been arrested in connection to the incident.

Two other occupants of the lorry including the lorry driver and his turn boy are still missing. An attempted murder case has since then been opened at Mbarara Police Station under file reference number CRB 1050/2020.