Henry Mugarura, the Mitooma District Police Commander, says the protesters stormed the offices at around 9:30am hunting for the chairperson but he was away in Kampala for a meeting.
Angry protesters have set ablaze the office of Mitooma LC V chairperson. It all started when a group of politicians and residents decided to stage a peaceful protest against the proposed construction of court premises outside Mitooma town council.
On May 8th 2014, Mitooma district council passed a resolution proposing the expansion of Ruhuku Remand home in Katenga Sub County and provide land for the construction of court premises as well as offices of the Resident State Attorney.
However, some of the local leaders and residents in the Mitooma town are opposed to the proposal, saying such a huge investment should be in the town council. On August 29th, the construction work for the proposed buildings started in Katenga Sub County.
As a result, a group of residents led by the Mitooma Town Council LC III chairperson, Alfred Mugarura decided to stage a protest this morning and led a procession to the office of the LC V chairperson, Benon Karyaija.
Henry Mugarura, the Mitooma District Police Commander, says the protesters stormed the offices at around 9:30am hunting for the chairperson but he was away in Kampala for a meeting. The protesters decided to turn their anger on his office premises where they vandalized window panes, furniture, computers and vital documents before setting it ablaze.
It took the intervention of police to stop the fire from spreading to other offices. Mugarura says they are hunting for the Mitooma town council LC 111 chairperson, Alfred Mugarura since he was the one leading the protesters. According to Mugarura, the protesters didn't notify police about their planned demo.
Emmy Ngabirano, the Mitooma Deputy Resident District Commissioner faults the protesters for taking the law in their own hands. Benon Karyaija, the Mitooma District LC V Chairperson has not yet commented as he couldn't be reached as he is still away in Kampala.