The incident at Kampala’s Freedom Metropolis buying centre killed 10 folks, together with youngsters.
The loss of life toll in a stampede at a buying centre throughout New Yr’s celebrations in Uganda’s capital has risen to 10, in keeping with the vice chairman, whereas police mentioned they’ve arrested the organiser of the occasion.
Vice President Jessica Alupo, who on Monday visited the scene in Kampala, informed journalists that yet another individual died on Sunday evening. She mentioned the federal government would pay $1,350 to every sufferer’s household to assist with burial prices.
The partygoers had been killed at Freedom Metropolis mall as revellers thronged a single exit to observe a midnight fireworks present.
4 minors, aged 10 to 17, had been among the many lifeless.
Police mentioned the organiser didn’t comply with a suggestion that requires youngsters to be accompanied at such gatherings by an grownup.
Police spokesman Patrick Onyango mentioned organiser Abbey Musinguzi faces homicide costs as “holding costs” earlier than being taken to court docket.
“We have now to date arrested the promoter of that New Yr live performance,” police official Fred Enanga informed reporters on Monday. “We’re additionally actively looking for different organisers and promoters.”
He mentioned the promoters had ordered 4 different exits to be shut and investigators had been whether or not “negligence” was guilty for the deaths.
“The revellers had one level of entry and exit,” Enanga mentioned. “Due to this fact, a number of victims had been trapped and trampled upon by the slim passage, which grew to become a bottleneck for a lot of, largely juveniles.”