Police in Iganga district have arrested, Bamu Lulenzi, the male councillor
representing Nakavule ward to Iganga municipality, and 10 others over illegal assembly
and malicious damage.
The suspects are being detained at Iganga central police station.
Bamu is accused of leading a group of youth to storm the streets
of Iganga town in protest of the poor state of roads, without following the
provisions of the public order management act.
The protestors held placards and burnt old tyres along all roundabouts,
forcing traders to close their shops.
Iduma Masembe, a wholesale shop operator says that, whenever there
are protests, traders count loses.
“Some of these protestors steal our goods during protests, so
closing shop is the only way of saving us from counting loses,” he said.
Bamu says that the poor state of roads has affected business in
“Leaders who cannot serve their people are not worth the name, and
if our people are losing out on business because the clients detest poor roads,
then as a councillor in this municipality, I had to stand with them in protest
of the status quo,” he stated.
However, the crowd kept on increasing in number and paralyzing traffic, which
prompted police to fire tear gas and live bullets to quell the protests.
The Busoga East Police Spokesperson, James Mubi says that police is
investigating some politicians who are funding the protests.