Police blocked access to part of the road that leads to the hotel, which ignited people power supporters. They started shouting at police questioning why it was blocking their meeting yet it was happening indoors like police has always ordered.
Business grounded to a halt in Ndeeba, a suburb of Kampala
following running battles between Police and People Power pressure group.
It all started after
police deployed heavily at Pope Paul Memorial
Hotel in Ndeeba where Robert Kyagulanyi, the People Power leader was expected
to hold a consultative meeting on his presidential ambitions.
blocked access to part of the road that leads to the hotel, which ignited
people power supporters.
They started shouting at police questioning why it was
blocking their meeting yet it was happening indoors like police has always
shouting at Police
//Cue in: “Nabo bennyini baswala…
Cue out: …Bobi ye Bobi”//
Police chased the People Power activists forcing
them to reorganise, a short distance from the road block at Petrocity in Ndeeba.
followed the People Power supporters who were chanting “People power Our power”
while riding on motorcycle at high speed.
from nearby garages lit car tyres on the road causing a temporary blockage
until police put out the fire and confiscated the tyres. Businesses were forced
to close as police fired tear gas and bullets to disperse the protesters.
Sserwadda, a car dealer in Nabunya Pope Paul Road, says they had not been able
to attend to customers as much as they could because of the chaos that forced
them to close shop.
He says police would rather deal with such issues calmly
such that innocent people conducting business don’t get affected in the
//Cue in: “Tusanze okukyankalanyizibwa…
Cue out: …natumalamu essuubi”//
Joel Nsubuga, a broker at one of the car garages
said the protest affected their business as he could not lure potential buyers to
He says government should stop disrupting gatherings of the
opposition because it disrupts business and abuses the right of Ugandans.
//Cue in: “Nkoseddwa nnyo nnyo…
Cue out: …amaje wegali”//
Faridah Ibrahim runs a snacks stall in Ndeeba.
She also had to close shop when police started firing tear gas. She says this
has affected her day’s earnings.
//Cue in: “Tukoseddwa kubanga…
Cue out: …consultative meetings ze”//
Bashir Ssenfuma and Steven Muwonge are some of
the People Power supporters who were disappointed when blocked their meeting.
They had come to the venue only to be stopped by heavily armed police.
condemned the decision of security to block their meeting, saying rather than frustrate
their programs, government should address their grievances.
//Cue in: “Tuggadde buli kimu…
Cue out: …up nga tebikoleddwako”//
Six people were arrested by police during the
Our reporter was unable to get a comment from police spokespersons
about the incident as they declined to speak to the media.