Police have arrested eight people over allegations of masterminding
road protests in Jinja town.
The suspects were arrested after a series of protests in Jinja town where
residents of Mpumudde-Kimaka division last week took to the streets to show dissatisfaction
over the poor state of roads within their area.
The suspects were arrested after allegedly blocking traffic within Bugembe town
They are reported to have set ablaze garbage heaps along the three roads of
Katende, Nakanyonyi and Bukwale.
Henry Bukenya, a resident from Nakanyonyi village earlier says that authorities
were reluctant to repair the dilapidated roads and peaceful protests are aimed
at giving them a wakeup call to fulfil their responsibilities to their
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Ahmed Natumu, the officer in- charge of operations at the Jinja
central police division says that police officers tasked the suspects to
officially address their grievances to the responsible in vain.
Natumu adds that the suspects organized an illegal assembly and will be
prosecuted before the courts of the law.
John Guloba, the town clerk of Bugembe town council says that most of the roads
have been destroyed by the frequent heavy rainfall patterns and they lack funds
to refurbish them at the same time.