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Business Paralyzed as Police Battles DP Supporters in Masaka

The meeting was convened by a section of Democratic Party members led by Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga to discuss, among others, the recent suspension of Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze from the party.
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Streets in Masaka were today empty after military police engaged members of the opposition Democratic Party –DP protesting against a decision to stop a meeting convened to discuss Party wrangles.

The meeting was convened by a section of Democratic Party members led by Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga to discuss, among others, the recent suspension of Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze from the party.

Nambooze, hitherto, the Party's Vice President for Buganda region was suspended by the DP National Executive Committee accused of disrespecting party guidelines and defying the party president Norbert Mao.

Anti-riot police commanded by Masaka District Police Commander John Mwawule raided Tropic Inn Hotel, the proposed venue for the meeting and ordered all guests to leave. Police also mounted road blocks along Kampala - Masaka Highway to block Nambooze from making it to Masaka.

However, Nambooze beat the roadblocks and made it to Masaka alongside Busiro East MP Medard Lubega Seggona. The three were later arrested and detained at Lukaya Police Station sparking hostility from the hundreds of DP enthusiasts in Masaka.

Gunfire rocked the town paralyzing businesses. Shops along Edward Avenue, Elgin Street, Hobert Street, and Buddu Street in Katwe-Butego division closed down. Two unidentified persons were shot and injured with rubber bullets.

Muhammad Yiga, a Democratic Party member accused Military Police of beating up people indiscriminately. Gonzaga Kagumba, a resident of Masaka says the police aggression was uncalled for.

Geoffrey Engwanga, the Kalungu District Police Commander says the MPs were arrested to stop chaos in Masaka.