At the Kyebando Road Junction where a number of policemen and military are manning the roadblock all motorcyclists and pedestrians are directed to use other roads leading in and out of the city. Kamwokya residents say the heavy military and police presence has paralyzed business.
Vicente Ntegeka, one of the affected residents told Uganda Radio Network that Agaba has a title for land in the neighboring Kyabusagazi and Hanga villages but wants to use it to forcefully grab their land.
According to the residents, the heavy deployment is scaring them since they are now being denied access to the forest reserve. They say no one is currently allowed to step even at the entrance of the forest reserve since Wednesday this week
The Ugandan border with the Democratic Republic of Congo was closed in March, as part of a lockdown occasioned by the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Subsequently, the government heavily deployed teams comprising Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF and Uganda Police Force to guard the closed Border along the shores of Lake Albert.
Stephen Kamar, the Kagadi District Police Commander told Uganda Radio Network that police intervened and rescued the 14 casual laborers and transported them to Kagadi community hall in Kagadi town where they are currently being accommodated.
It is alleged that Turyatunga together with other officers under his command raided a mobile money outlet in Kigorobya town council operated by Sam Ziiwa and demanded 50,000 shillings to allow him to operate his business.