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30 Arrested over Hoima Road Protests

The suspects are alleged to have spearheaded the protests that paralyzed traffic for several hours along the Hoima Fort portal road in Hoima town. They allegedly blocked the road using logs, Bricks, old Vehicle tyres and stones.
15 Feb 2019 11:58
Julius Hakiza , the Albertine region police spokesperson.
Thirty people have been arrested in Hoima District for taking part in a road protest.

On Thursday, gunfire rocked Hoima town when police dispersed residents protesting the dust caused by the on-going construction of Hoima-Fort Portal road. 

China Railway Number 5 Engineering Construction Company Limited is undertaking the roadworks.

Residents had repeatedly complained of the dust resulting from the road works in vain. This morning rowdy residents including taxi drivers, boda-boda riders and members of the business community took to the streets and blocked Hoima-Fort portal road using logs, boulders and old vehicle tyres.

The suspects are alleged to have spearheaded the protests that paralyzed traffic for several hours.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson says that the suspects especially youths were arrested on Thursday evening in a joint operation conducted by Police and Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers. They were arrested from Kiryatete and Busiisi Hoima town suburbs.

He says the suspects who are currently in custody at Hoima central police station will be arraigned before court to be charged with staging unlawful assembly and establishing illegal roadblocks and malicious damage.

Meanwhile, China Railway Number 5 Engineering Construction Company has started pouring water on the Hoima fort-portal road.

On Friday, two water Bowsers trucks belonging to the company were seen pouring water on the road to reduce on the dust.

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