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Chaos, Running Battles Force Kamwokya Business Community to Close

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
The running 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 elections.   

The situation 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.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, says police used teargas after issuing several warnings to NUP supporters and Kyagulanyi against holding illegal processions in vain.  

The running 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.

She, however, 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.

Nathan Tumusime, 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 washing bay.

“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 our reporter.

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.

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