The High Court in Kampala has directed government to pay shs50 million as compensation to Hajara Nakitto whose son was killed during the November 2020 protests in Kampala following the arrest of NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi in Luuka.
Yesterday, Justice Musa Ssekaana ruled that Nakitto deserves compensation over the circumstances under which her son was killed.
Nakitto in 2021 dragged the Attorney General to court after her 15 year old son was killed during the sporadic riots that broke out in Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso, Masaka and other parts of the country between November, 18 and 20 , 2020 following the arrest of Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine.
In her suit, Nakitto told court that her son, Amos Ssegawa was hit by a bullet by one of the soldiers on the back of an army pickup vehicle at Clock Tower in Kampala.
The bullet would later penetrate and shatter the right side of his mouth before exiting through the right side of his neck, he was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.
In his ruling, Justice Musa Ssekaana reasoned with Nakitto that where she could not identify the exact person who fired the bullet, it was one of the security personnel.
He said court must give compensatory relief to the victim by way compensation for the wrong done due to breach of public duty by the government of not protecting the fundamental right to life of the citizen. ENDS