Zaituna Nakintu, a mobile money operator, who operates a few meters from Fred Nyanzi’s house, says a group of ten youths who were running from police surrounded her and tried to grab the phones she was using to transact her business.
Police officers firing teargas near mobile money shops in Kamwokya to disperse NUP supporters
battles between Police and National Unity Platform-NUP supporters in Kamwokya
on Tuesday forced most business operators to close their shops for the better
of the day.
Police used teargas and live bullets to disperse hundreds of NUP supporters,
who had gathered to accompany, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu in a procession to
Kyambogo University Sports Grounds for his nomination ahead of the 2021 general
deteriorated further when police tried to gain access to the NUP offices to
compel the party officials to turn down the volume of music, which they claimed
was attracting more people.
Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, says police used teargas
after issuing several warnings to NUP supporters and Kyagulanyi against holding
illegal processions in vain.
battles between the police and NUP supporters compelled the business people to
close their businesses when some hooligans started looting their shops
and snatching people’s phones.
Zaituna Nakintu, a mobile money operator, who
operates a few meters from Fred Nyanzi’s house, says a group of ten youths who
were running from police surrounded her and tried to grab the phones she was
using to transact her business.
says that she was saved by police officers who arrived in time. ‘I had to close
the business before they steal the little i have earned. I know those people
when they turn rowdy,” she told Uganda Radio Network while closing her shop.
a car washer at the nearby washing bay next to the NUP offices, says whenever
the chaos starts, no single customer can risk bringing his vehicle to their
“Am not happy with these people. The police have been warning them
against processions but look it’s us the business people who lose. How we
can even work in the situation of teargas that is flying everywhere,” he told
The situation wasn’t any different for operators of restaurants,
shops and salons, who quickly closed for fear of their dear lives. Irene Namuddu,
an operator of a restaurant, says whenever the running battles start some youths
loot whatever they come across.
She says it is for this reason that they
decided to close their businesses to avoid losses from unscrupulous
people. By the time of filing this story, police were still patrolling
Kamwokya to ensure that NUP supporters don’t return on the roads.