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Military Surrounds NUP Head Office, Blocks Access Roads

At the Kyebando Road Junction where a number of policemen and military are manning the roadblock all motorcyclists and pedestrians are directed to use other roads leading in and out of the city. Kamwokya residents say the heavy military and police presence has paralyzed business.
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Kamwokya Business community have been partly paralyzed since Monday as the military and police continue surrounding the National Unity Platform-NUP offices at Kamwokya in Kampala Capital City.     

The Old Kira Road and other feeders leading to the offices of National Unity Platform were cut off since Monday by the heavy deployment by the military and Field Force Unit -FFU officers with roadblocks in Junctions.    

Heavily armed soldiers wearing body armour are patrolling  Kamwokya, Mulimira zone, and Bukoto areas where NUP offices are located.  A police patrol vehicle with soldiers is parked in the middle of the gate of the party headquarters.  

At the Kyebando Road Junction where a number of policemen and military are  manning the  Roadblock, all motorcyclists and pedestrians are directed to use other roads  leading in and out of the  city . The residents say the heavy military and police presence has paralyzed business.  

         

Raymond Mubiru, a Boda-boda rider in Kamwokya who was found parked on his stage near Ssemakokiro plaza said since yesterday they haven’t worked because all passengers were blocked from Old Kira Road.    

He said the soldiers keep on moving around and once they find anyone putting on anything slightly resembling items of military attire they force them to remove it or arrest them. He urges the government to let them operate normally.     

//Cue; “okuva jjo ne …

Cue… batulemeseza okukola.”//  

 

Mubiru Innocent is another business person who operates a salon near NUP offices. He told URN that many business people running saloons and restaurants closed yesterday and even today they have not opened, in anticipation of trouble.      

“You cannot see all those soldiers moving around and then open your shop, that would be risking your life and business," said Mubiru. "Even if you open, no single customers can come here in such a situation."       

Joel Ssenyonyi, the NUP spokesperson, said that all the party leaders  and usual workers  at the party Headquarters who have tried to accessing the offices since yesterday were blocked and told to leave before being arrested.   

//Cue; “aba police namajje  …

Cue…  tebakiliza bakozi.”//         

Patrick Onyango the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, said the siege on NUP offices was informed by intelligence information about what he termed as “dubious activities to disrupt the city security".      

“The deployment is to neutralise threats that were detected, we received credible intelligence information that the offices are being used to coordinate and plan activities that are likely to destabilize the city and the country at large,'' said Onyango.     

Kyagulanyi who came second in the last week's elections has been confined at his residence for several days since Thursday, with no contact to the world outside his house.

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