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Police blocked access to part of the road that leads to the hotel, which ignited people power supporters. They started shouting at police questioning why it was blocking their meeting yet it was happening indoors like police has always ordered.
24 Feb 2020 17:31
People Power Supporters shout at the police

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Business grounded to a halt in Ndeeba, a suburb of Kampala following running battles between Police and People Power pressure group.    

It all started after police deployed heavily at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Ndeeba where Robert Kyagulanyi, the People Power leader was expected to hold a consultative meeting on his presidential ambitions.  

Police blocked access to part of the road that leads to the hotel, which ignited people power supporters. 

They started shouting at police questioning why it was blocking their meeting yet it was happening indoors like police has always ordered.  

Youths shouting at Police  

//Cue in: “Nabo bennyini baswala…

 

Cue out: …Bobi ye Bobi”//

 

Police chased the People Power activists forcing them to reorganise, a short distance from the road block at Petrocity in Ndeeba.  

Police followed the People Power supporters who were chanting “People power Our power” while riding on motorcycle at high speed.    

Others from nearby garages lit car tyres on the road causing a temporary blockage until police put out the fire and confiscated the tyres. Businesses were forced to close as police fired tear gas and bullets to disperse the protesters.  

Dauda Sserwadda, a car dealer in Nabunya Pope Paul Road, says they had not been able to attend to customers as much as they could because of the chaos that forced them to close shop. 

He says police would rather deal with such issues calmly such that innocent people conducting business don’t get affected in the process. 

Luganda

//Cue in: “Tusanze okukyankalanyizibwa…   

Cue out: …natumalamu essuubi”//

Joel Nsubuga, a broker at one of the car garages said the protest affected their business as he could not lure potential buyers to his site. 

He says government should stop disrupting gatherings of the opposition because it disrupts business and abuses the right of Ugandans.  

 

//Cue in: “Nkoseddwa nnyo nnyo… 

 

Cue out: …amaje wegali”//   

Faridah Ibrahim runs a snacks stall in Ndeeba. She also had to close shop when police started firing tear gas. She says this has affected her day’s earnings. 

Luganda 

//Cue in: “Tukoseddwa kubanga…

 

Cue out: …consultative meetings ze”//

 

Bashir Ssenfuma and Steven Muwonge are some of the People Power supporters who were disappointed when blocked their meeting. They had come to the venue only to be stopped by heavily armed police.    

They condemned the decision of security to block their meeting, saying rather than frustrate their programs, government should address their grievances.    

//Cue in: “Tuggadde buli kimu…      

Cue out: …up nga tebikoleddwako”//  

Six people were arrested by police during the protests. 

Our reporter was unable to get a comment from police spokespersons about the incident as they declined to speak to the media.  

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