The most affected areas are Nakasero, Kisekka and St Balikuddembe markets, Usafi, New taxi Parks, Namayiba Bus Terminal and Mengo Kisenyi. More Arcades have also been closed and people ordered to go back home as the army and police patrol the roads.
Business is at a standstill in the central business areas following
the second day of protests.
The most affected areas are Nakasero, Kisekka and St Balikuddembe markets,
Usafi, New taxi Parks, Namayiba Bus Terminal and Mengo Kisenyi. More Arcades
have also been closed and people ordered to go back home as the army and police
patrol the roads.
The former Quallicell Bus terminal, Lutunga Arcade, Nabukeera
plaza, Arrow Complex, Shamba arcade, Ravens arcade, Zainabu Aziza Emporium,
Hams Towers, Arua park plaza and King Fahad Plaza have all been closed.
According to Patrick Onyango, Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson the
riots begun from the outskirts of Kampala in Mulago, Kalerwe, Wandegeya and
Bwaise but by 11:30 am the rioters started attacking people on the streets and
looting their property.
Brian Semakula, a shoe trader in Kisenyi Mengo along Namirembe
road says the riots begun after people were stopped from accessing their shops
in the morning to work. He says as people opened up shops, some begun
burning tears in some junctions of the roads leading to police and military
security personnel to disperse them.
“The police are not fair instead of leaving us to work they are
dispersing us with teargas and live bullets. Several peoples have been beaten
by security operatives who were found opening or with open shops. What is that
meant to mean? Does the government want people to steal or work?” Semakula
Diana Nankya, a shop attendant at Nabukeera Plaza is in fear of getting
back home from town after the arcade was closed. She stays in Kawempe – Maganjo
but heard that riots have also engulfed the areas where she has to pass.
“I am in fear of getting back home after rioters were reported in
Kawempe, yet it is expensive and unsafe to use Boda Boda to go home. The Boda Boda
men are targeted by security and it is risky.” Nankya said.
Patrick Onyango, Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, says that several protestors
have been arrested on allegations of theft, malicious damage of property and
The protests were sparked off following the arrest of Robert
Sentamu Kyagulanyi, the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate in