New Year’s organizer charged with murder in Uganda stampede

Jan 1, 2023, 7:25 PM | Updated: Jan 2, 2023, 9:26 am

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The death toll in a stampede at a shopping mall during New Year’s celebrations in Uganda’s capital has risen to 10, the country’s vice president said Monday, while police charged the event’s organizer with murder.

Vice President Jessica Alupo, who visited the scene in Kampala, told journalists that one more person died Sunday night from their injuries after being caught in the crush of hundreds trying to exit the Freedom City Mall venue through a single door when the emcee encouraged them to watch a fireworks display.

Four children, aged 10 to 17, were among the dead. Police said they were investigating how they accessed the event since minors must be accompanied to such gatherings by a responsible adult. Police said the organizer didn’t follow that guideline.

Police spokesman Patrick Onyango said organizer Abbey Musinguzi faces murder charges as “holding charges” before being taken to court.

Uganda’s vice president said the government would pay $1,350 to each victim’s family to help with burial costs.

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New Year’s organizer charged with murder in Uganda stampede