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Walk-to-Work Resumes Today, Says Mpuga :: Uganda Radionetwork

Walk-to-Work Resumes Today, Says Mpuga

A story about tomorrow\'s walk-to-work

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A meeting called Wednesday evening to discuss whether or not to go ahead with today's  Walk-to-Work campaign against the rising costs of fuel and commodities, has resolved to continue with the walk for the fourth time in two weeks.

But the government spokesperson, Kabakumba Matsiko, said that the Walk-to-Work protests are about to end. She however did not provide more details of how government would end it. Campaigners Insist on pushing  ahead until action is taken to reduce the high fuel prices.

On Wednesday,two members of the pressure group told Uganda Radio Network  that they had agreed to continue with the walk today because in their view it is not the activists who provoke riots, but police with their teargas and bullets.

Earlier on in the afternoon, reports had indicated that there was division among the activists with some arguing that since children would be returning from school, going ahead with the protests would ensnare many in the confusion and cause traffic jams around town.

But after that meeting, Mathias Mpuga, the leader of the group said that it is up to Police to stop their harassment of the protestors so that the walk is peaceful. He said that none of them has a gun or a teargas canister and cannot therefore be blamed for causing violence.

Mpuga appealed to police to stop the brutality with which they are trying to curb the campaign, arguing that the protestors are innocent Ugandans who know and are fighting for their rights.

Betty Nambooze, the MP for Mukono North, who attended the meeting, said that toDAY would be business as usual as far as the walking was concerned. Asked for any details, Nambooze said she could not divulge them to a journalist because many media practitioners had been infiltrated by security.   

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