Besigye, who left his home aboard his vehicle fitted speakers, said that he is waking up Ugandans to rise to speak with one voice to the government about the high commodity prices. Police made several attempts to stop Besigye from continuing with his speech in vain as he would immediately pick up another microphone, once police confiscate the one he was using.
Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, said that
"Our fire prevention and rescue services officers responded on time, fortunately, the fire had been extinguished by other first responders using a nearby fire extinguisher, water, and sand." According to Owoyesigyire, all the passengers escaped unhurt.