Police has fired teargas to disperse residents of Magwa parish in Jinja central division for staging a demonstration to protest the persistent power blackout in the area.
Police has fired teargas to disperse residents of Magwa parish in Jinja central division for staging a demonstration to protest the persistent power blackout in the area. The incident occurred yesterday after residents of Magwa parish took to the streets and blocked Magwa road using logs and stones.
They also pulled down an electricity pole to express their anger with UMEME for failing to supply power to their area for the past one week. Police was called in to quell the protests. Gerald Okitoi, the Officer in charge of operations Jinja central police station says that they decided to fire teargas to contain the protestors.
He says that three suspects were arrested for their involvement in the protests. They are Ashraf Wanya, a lodge attendant at Penguin Guest House situated on Lubogo Road, Geoffrey Makunzi a bodaboda motorist and unidentified youth who claims to be a student carrying out research at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital
Dorothy Tuhumwire, the LC II chairperson of Magwa Parish says that residents are bitter that despite the power blackout, UMEME has not offered them any explanation. Jinja Mayor, Mohammad Kezaala appealed to the residents to express their concerns within the confines of the law. UMEME has not yet commented on the matter.