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Iganga Councillor, 10 others Arrested over Road Protest

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.
protestors along Saza road in Iganga municipality on Wednesday.

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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 the municipality.

“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.

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