Students suspected one of their colleagues had been killed and wanted to retaliate by lynching the driver
Police in Old Kampala were Sunday still holding a driver who rammed into a procession of Makerere University students who were jubilating the win of Paul Kato, a Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate who had been declared winner of the 83rd guild elections.
The driver, Kenny Kalungi, who was driving a Toyota FX saloon car, registration number plate UAD 060A allegedly drove into the procession at Makerere Hill Road between 11PM and midnight on Friday as the singing students headed towards Nakulabye.
He seriously injured two students who were rushed to Mulago Hospital. Police could not establish whether Kato was not part of the procession.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima said that shocked students suspected one of their colleagues had been killed and wanted to retaliate by lynching the driver but he was saved by Police that arrived at the scene and whisked him away.
He said the driver was detained first at Nakulabye Police Post but was later transferred to Old Kampala where a case of reckless driving and causing body harm was opened against him.
Kayima said the students instead became rowdy and started pelting passing vehicles with stones, demanding for the driver who had knocked their colleagues.
"In order to restore peace and order, Police arrested five students who participated in throwing stones," Kayima said.
The students are Umar Mukose, Evelyn Nazziwa, John Mark Ssemujju, Wycliffe Ibogi and Raymond Mark Adit.
Kayima said that Police were waiting for the parents of the students to report to Police before they could consider releasing them.
There were night-long celebrations in all halls of residence and in the private hostels surrounding the university as Kato's supporters rejoiced his win.
He beat 14 other candidates including independent candidate, Abdul Kareem Ziritwawula, who came second, Mercy Lakisa who came third and Democratic Party's William Karamagi who came fourth.