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Nine Arrested over Illegal Demonstration in Jinja

The suspects went on the streets on Friday and Saturday to protest operations against illegal power connections in the areas of Bugembe. They lit old tyres in the middle of the Jinja-Iganga highway, affecting traffic and businesses along the highway.
Police in Kiira region on Saturday arrested nine people in Jinja over their alleged involvement in an illegal demonstration. The suspects are being detained at Jinja central police station.

The suspects went on the streets on Friday and Saturday to protest operations against illegal power connections in the areas of Bugembe. They lit old tyres in the middle of the Jinja-Iganga highway, affecting traffic and businesses along the highway.

The angry protestors also pelted both security and UMEME enforcement personnel with stones, prompting police operatives to retaliate by firing teargas to disperse the crowds. 

Sumaya Kateme, a retail shop operator along Bugembe U-turn junction says that her electricity power was legally connected by UMEME operatives but, she was surprised that, the same officials accused her of stealing power.

"I applied, adhered to all the procedures, electricians were sent to inspect the shop and UMEME operatives gave me this meter but, I was surprised that, during their enforcement exercise, the same people accused me of illegally connecting electricity in my shop," she says.

Ayub Wabika, the Mayor of Northern Division says that, before enforcement exercises, UMEME officials should investigate their field staff, most of whom are found of masterminding illegal power connections.

Kiira region's Police Spokesperson, James Mubi says that the detectives have already expedited inquiries into the matter and the suspects will be paraded before courts of law on Monday.

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