Friday, September 11, 2009

Rioting in Uganda's capital

A land dispute is fueling violence in the capital of Uganda. Two people died during the second day of rioting.

An ancient kingdom that exists within Uganda claims that land belongs to their kingdom. Ruled by a ceremonial king, this kingdom is engaging in a power struggle with Uganda's government. Many fear more will come as this king plans to make a visit to the disputed territory on Saturday.

From Reuters, reporter Jack Kimball witnessed some of the violence.

Gunshots rang out in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Friday and at least two people were killed as security forces clashed with rioters for a second day.

The violence erupted over land and power disputes between President Yoweri Museveni's government and leaders from Buganda, one of the east African country's four ancient kingdoms.

The largely cultural and ceremonial Buganda king, Kabaka Ronald Mutebi, plans to visit the flashpoint town of Kayunga on Saturday, making it likely there will be more bloodshed.

A Reuters reporter in the capital saw the bodies of two young men with bullet wounds. Witnesses said they had been shot by security forces riding armoured personnel carriers.

One of the dead men was in his 20s and was shot in the chest. The other was a teenager who had been shot in the head and was wrapped in a shawl, surrounded by sobbing relatives.

"This kid was not in the protest. They shot him in a shop," the boy's mother told Reuters. She did not give her name.

Kampala's streets were mostly deserted, and thick plumes of black smoke from burning tyres rose over the city's hills. Police said four people had been killed on Thursday in similar clashes, but denied using excessive force.

Two foreign exchange dealers told Reuters the market was shrugging off the violence, and that they had seen no impact.

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