The evening traffic jam that normally paralyzes the city and its suburbs was today also conspicuously absent. Like yesterday, in all the places that URN reporters visited, there were no traffic police officers on the roads.
Kampala City is deserted following two days of protests after the
arrest of National Unity Platform- NUP party Presidential Candidate Robert
Uganda Radio Network has taken a tour in and around Kampala but all
the places that were visited with include shops, arcades and malls both in the
Central Business District and in the suburbs are all closed save for a very few
The evening traffic jam that normally paralyzes the city and its
suburbs was today also conspicuously absent. Like yesterday, in all the places
that URN reporters visited, there were no traffic police officers on the roads.
At the Queensway junction, the small traffic flow is being
directed by civilians. At this intersection, the only security officers are the
regular police who are guarding an impromptu roadblock that has been mounted on
both sides of the road leading in and out of town.
In other places like Nkrumah and Nasser Roads, the military and plain-clothed
security personnel were in running battles with protestors. Those going in the
direction of the military were seen with their hands raised or on their heads,
a sign that they have surrendered or are not part of the protesters.
At Queen's way up to Kibuye Roundabout, several pedestrians are seen
leaving the town many seemingly in a hurry. In Natete, Kibuye, Katwe, Kabuusu,
Busega, Wakaliga, Mengo Old Kampala, City center, Wandegeya, Kiseka Market all
these places are all but abandoned.
At Kisekka market, Nateete and Wakaliga, riot police and the
military are seen patrolling the areas and in some incidents running after
groups of youths seen in groups. In most of the places rubbish, stones and
burnt tyres are still visible on the roads.
Alex Mwebe who was found in
Natete says that they will continue demanding for the release of Kyagulanyi
despite the brutality that they say the security forces have meted on
//Cue in… "naye tusaba busabi
Cue out…afune emirembe
On the other hand, others like Bukenya Faizle have decried
the decision of the security to chase them out of Kampala yet they had to fend
for their families.
//Cue in… embeera etuyisizza bubi
Cue out … gwetuwagira baamukutte baamusibye
According to unconfirmed reports, over 30 people have been killed in the
Kyagulanyi is still detained
at Nalufenya police station in Jinja.