The protests were sparked off mechanics in Nyendo town; a suburb of Masaka city who blocked the main road with burning car-tyres and logs, before paralyzing traffic flow, promoting security to intervene.
Security Anti-Riot Machinery rushing to Nyendo in Masaka to respond to growing protests
personnel have been deployed in Masaka town to foil demonstrations by
supporters of the National Unity Platform-NUP who are protesting the arrest of
their Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
protests started after information circulated that Kyagulanyi had been arrested
while on his campaign tour in Luuka district.
protests were sparked off by mechanics in Nyendo town; a suburb of Masaka city
who blocked the main road with burning car-tyres and logs, before paralyzing traffic
flow, promoting security to intervene.
personnel comprised of anti-riot police personnel and the army were hurriedly
deployed in the area, but the running battles between them and the rowdy
are currently firing teargas and rubber bullets to contain the protests that
have spread to many parts of Masaka town.
Police have sealed off homes of the some NUP leaders in the area, who include
Masaka Municipality Member of Parliament Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba, Florence
Namayanja the MP Bukoto East among others.
Nsubuga, the greater Masaka regional Police Spokesperson says that they are
working around the clock to restore order in the area.
indicates that the security is ready to respond to situations that may
destabilize the area, warning that they arrest and prosecute the culprits.
to the Electoral Commission campaign schedule, Kyagulanyi is expected to
campaign in Kalungu and Masaka.