09 People Die at Freedom City New Year’s Celebrations in Uganda

It is tears to some families in Uganda after New Year’s celebrations turned tragic in the country’s capital Kampala leaving nine people dead in a stampede.

The deaths occured a few minutes past midnight at renowned entertainment center Freedom City, along the road that leads to the country’s Entebbe Airport.

Below is full police statement about the tragic death.

The Katwe Territorial Police are investigating an incident of rash and neglect that occurred at a New Year’s Eve event at the Freedom City Mall Namasuba and resulted in the deaths of nine people, including several juveniles.

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It is alleged that the incident occurred at midnight when the event’s MC encouraged attendees to go outside and watch the fireworks display. After the display ended, a stampede ensued, resulting in the instant deaths of five people and injuries to several others.

Emergency responders arrived on the scene and transported the injured individuals to the hospital, where nine were confirmed dead. The bodies have been transferred to City Mortuary Mulago. More information will be made available as it becomes available.

ASP Luke Owoyesigyire Deputy PRO KMP

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