Multitudes of youths have taken to the streets to challenge the arrest of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, who was arrested early today, alongside Bugiri Municipality Member of parliament Asuman Basalirwa, Kawempe North MP Latif Ssebaggala, Tonny Ssempebwa, the Kasangati LC III Chairperson and one Waiswa Mufumbira.
John Bosco Bukya, the chairperson of Uganda Artisanal and Small-scale Miners’ Association says that despite the emphasis the government is putting on industrial mine development by foreigners, a significant share of Uganda’s mineral production and related sources of employment are widely attributed to Artisanal and Small Scale Miners. He is optimistic that this category can turn around the sector once given chance and supported.
Dr Paul Zirimala, the officer in- charge of Wakiso Health IV, notes that the most conditions registered from the sites over the last months has been Hernia. Dr Zirimala says that on average they have been performing five to seven hernia surgeries on patients working from the quarry sites.
He argued that more and more Ugandans are facing injustices without an opportunity to receive a fair hearing in the judicial system, and can only rely on churches for protection. He stressed that when religious leaders fail to address issues affecting their communities due to fear of reprimand from the state, the citizens may die in despair.
Small scale mining has been the main economic activity in the area, employing more than 500 youths for the last 15 years. However, most of them have now been rendered jobless as the gold deposits are reported to be depleted.
According to the bond form, the legislator is expected to appear before Mugwisagye on October 3rd 2018. Zaake couldnt sign the bond forms because of the injuries on his fingers. The forms were instead signed by his lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo and his two sureties.
Chibita says that according to the initial perusal of the file, there is evidence to pin those involved in the chaos that preceded the elections in Arua, but further inquiries were ongoing to establish who exactly pelted stones at the Presidential motorcade.