businesses in the Kampala city suburbs of Kamwokya are under lock and key
because of heavy security deployments to foil protests by the National Unity
comprises military police, UPDF, Anti-riot police and Field Force Unit-FFU
The officers have sealed off Old Kira Road and erected roadblocks at
Kyebando road junction and Kamwokya market since Wednesday.
are patrolling the area to monitor the movement of pedestrians, motorcycles and
vehicles. Teargas and armoured military trucks keep switching positions.
to some of the residents, the deployment started immediately after
the arrest of the National Unity Platform-NUP presidential candidate, Robert
say the heavy military and police presence has paralyzed business.
a second-hand clothes dealer along Old Kira Road, says she hasn’t made a single
coin since Wednesday and has nothing to feed her four children.
doesn’t subscribe to any political party, wonders why a fully nominated
presidential candidate can be locked under unclear circumstances.
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Raymond Mubiru, a Boda-boda rider in Kamwokya who was found pushing his
motorcycle after developing a mechanical condition, says he has failed to
repair his motorcycle because all garages in Kamwokya are closed.
none of the mechanics has shown up for fear of teargas and arrest by the
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James OKello and Vincent Mubiru, both car washers opposite to the NUP offices, say
they haven’t washed a single vehicle since morning.
The two Bobi Wine
diehards expressed disappointment by the endless police violence directed at
their presidential candidate.
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Cue out… Omukulembeze bamute,”//
saw military police officers asking Boda-boda operators and taxi conductors
near Kobil pump fuel station to vacate their stages for fear that they could be
part of the people threatening to demonstrate.
was picked up by police from Luuka district headquarters on Wednesday while
addressing a campaign rally. His arrest sparked protests in different
parts of the country where hundreds of people took to the streets demanding his