One feared dead in Uganda's presidential age limit row clashes

Opposition supporters engage police in running battles around Rukungiri town in western Uganda on October 18, 2017. EDSON KINENE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

At least one person was feared killed in a confrontation between the police and opposition supporters in western Uganda's Rukingiri town Wednesday.

Reports said the victim was shot dead while scores of other people were injured as the security agents blocked opposition politicians and their supporters from accessing the Rukungiri stadium.

The opposition, led by former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye, had planned to hold a rally against the proposed amendment of the presidential age limit.

Dr Besigye was accompanied by the Kampala Mayor, Mr Elias Lukwago, among others.

The group drove to the stadium at about 2.40pm (+3GMT) accompanied by hundreds of supporters, but were blocked by the police.

Police claimed the opposition leaders had not notified them about their meeting.

During the standoff, some opposition supporters pelted police with stones, prompting them to responded by firing bullets and tear gas.

The opposition supporters dispersed, but later regrouped and more confrontation ensued.

"This impunity will not stop our resolve to fight for democracy. We regret that one of our supporters has been killed and several others injured," Dr Besigye said.

"I appeal to our supporters to keep calm but they should remain strong to get our country liberated."

Police were still battling the unrelenting opposition supporters.

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