Our reporter observed a number of small vehicles and trucks making U-turns as others struggled to secure parking space until the situation calms down. Most of the people who were driving vehicles branded with NRM party colours and posters of NRM candidates were seen fleeing for their dear lives.
Fire in the middle of Kampala-Jinja highway.
vehicles branded with the National Resistance Movement-NRM party colours and posters
found a hard time going through Mukono district on Wednesday evening. The
occupants were confronted by angry National Unity Platform-NUP party supporters
protesting the arrest of their presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi
Ssentamu on Wednesday morning.
They took to
the streets and blocked Kampala-Jinja highway starting from the junction of Kayunga-Mukono-Jinja
stretching to Wantoni and Nasuuti trading center respectively. They barricaded the road with boulders and burning
car tires. The protesters demanded the unconditional release of Kyagulanyi from
Nalufenya Police Station is Jinja city where he is locked up.
observed a number of small vehicles and trucks making U-turns as others
struggled to secure parking space until the situation calms down. Most of the
people who were driving vehicles branded with NRM party colours and posters of
NRM candidates were seen fleeing for their dear lives. The protesters also
torched government vehicles and also pulled down posters and billboards of NRM
candidates and set them ablaze.
One of the
billboards that were pulled down belonged to the NRM presidential candidate, Yoweri
Museveni opposite Collins Hotel. The army and local defence units joined police
and managed to disperse the protesters from the highway. The running battles shifted
from the main road to small trading centers such as Ntaawo, Lower Kauga, Kame
valley market and Industrial zone until 10 pm.
were shot. One of them identified as Robert, a vendor in the area died on the
spot and his body was taken to Mukono general hospital mortuary. Justine
Namambo was hit by a stray bullet at Seeta trading center while travelling in a
tax from Kampala and is currently admitted at Mukono hospital.
Police ordered traders who were still operating to close their business premises
and retreat to their homes. Mukono Division Police Commander, Abubakar Musiho,
said the t move was intended to keep businesses secure. He also noted that some
of the rioters had made it a habit to create commotion and run into shops upon
The seemingly exhausted officer confirmed the arrest of several ring leaders of
the protest. Jamiru Munaawa, a resident of Mukono district appealed to the
government to consider giving an equal platform to all political candidates to
avoid such scuffles. Some of the NRM candidates like Abassi Ssozi, the Mukono
Municipality parliamentary candidate, said they are depressed with the
destruction of their campaign posters by the NUP supporters.