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Riots Break Out in Kisekka Market

At 11:30 am the angry traders started burning car tyres in the road, forcing police to fire teargas and bullets
Riots have erupted around Kisekka Market in downtown Kampala. The riots started after angry traders operating on Kyaggwe, Martin, Nakivubo, Namirembe, Mackay, Nasser, Nkurumah and Agha Khan Roads demanded to know why some of the roads leading to their arcades and shops were cordoned off.

The situation was relatively calm before 11:00 am with some business people displaying their merchandise on the streets.

At 11:30 am the angry traders started burning car tyres in the road, forcing police to fire teargas and bullets. Some of the people who were caught up in the chaos were seen fleeing to different parts of the town, while some traders closed their shops.

Some of the arcades were also closed following the heavy deployment. They include Ravens, Shamba, Admore, Najja, Equatorial and Kisekka Auto Centre.

John Kiwanuka, a mechanic in Kisekka Market says police and military stormed the market at 9:00 am and cordoned off all shops dealing in spare parts shops, leaving the mechanics stranded.

Sarah Nakisige, a worker at Lion Auto Spare Parts says they have been locked outside the shop since morning. She decided to take refuge inside Arua Arcade.

Mohamed Kalanzi, a spare parts dealer at Mackay road says their shops and businesses have been affected since morning because of police and military presence. He says they have been peaceful but the security around made people angry.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango says that police will remain deployed at Kisekka market until the situation normalises. According to Onyango, security personnel were deployed to stop the protesters from looting property.

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