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Kampala Deserted After Kyagulanyi Protests

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.
19 Nov 2020 18:38
Deserted Nasser road

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Kampala City is deserted following two days of protests after the arrest of National Unity Platform- NUP party Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

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 of them.

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 them. 

 //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 nationwide protests.

 Kyagulanyi is still detained at Nalufenya police station in Jinja.

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