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One Injured in Luweero Protests

David Kizito, an eyewitness said that protests broke up after the security personnel beat up one of the youths who challenged the directive insisting that it was too early for them to retire. Uganda has been under nighttime curfew for the last ten months, partly to control the movement of people at a time of battling COVID-19 infections.
One person was injured after protests broke out in parts of Luwero district on Saturday evening.

The protests started at around 6: 30 p.m., when police and soldiers from the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF on foot patrol ordered the bodaboda riders and residents in areas around Kasana Roadside Market to close their businesses, before curfew time. 

David Kizito, an eyewitness said that protests broke up after the security personnel beat up one of the youths who challenged the directive insisting that it was too early for them to retire. Uganda has been under nighttime curfew for the last ten months, partly to control the movement of people at a time of battling COVID-19 infections. 

Kizito said that the youths also attempted to beat up a policeman and a UPDF soldier responded by firing lice bullets in order to stop him. The Situation deteriorated after other youths turned rowdy and started to throw stones towards policemen who also responded by firing teargas to disperse them. 

The youth also attempted to block the Kampala-Gulu Highway and attack government cars. In the process, an unidentified man was beaten by protestors in Kasana trading centre after they found him calling policemen on phone to disperse them. He was later transferred to Luwero Hospital to seek treatment. 

Isah Ssemwogerere, the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson says that Policemen have maintained deployment to restore order in the city. Luweero is among the districts which voted against the NRM Presidential, candidate Yoweri Museveni and his Parliamentary candidates.

According to the Presidential Results released on Saturday, Museveni obtained 41, 166 votes representing 27.9 per cent of the total votes cast, while his main challenger Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu polled 103, 782 votes representing 70.45 per cent of the total votes cast.