The Luwero District Police Commander Living Twazagye, LC 3 Chairperson Chris Johns Buwembo and Buganda Kingdom representative in Bulemeezi County Ronald Mulondo tried to persuade the youths to unblock the road to ease traffic in vain.
Anti-riot Policemen have fired teargas to disperse youths in
Luwero town who had blocked Kampala Gulu highway ahead of Kabaka of Buganda Kingdom
visit tomorrow.The youth did not want anybody to pass through the arch they constructed over the road to welcome the Kabaka until he has gone through it tomorrow.
Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi is expected on Saturday at
Kasana playground in Luwero town council to launch the Bika (clans) football tournament.
Since Monday this week, youths from Luwero town council
have been constructing an arch near the pineapple roadside market in Kasana, Luwero
Today on completion of the arch, the youths mounted
barricades made of wood and stones to block the traffic through it until Kabaka passes here on Saturday.
The unruly youths stood in the road singing
praise songs for Kabaka. Others sat in the road as they drank alcohol as well
as drumming and dancing to cultural songs.
The youths forced drivers to pass through feeder roads to
connect back to Kampala –Gulu highway.
The road was blocked for close to seven hours paralyzing transport at the road which is the gateway to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Luwero District Police Commander Living Twazagye, LC 3
Chairperson Chris Johns Buwembo and Buganda Kingdom representative in Bulemeezi
County Ronald Mulondo tried to persuade the youths to unblock the road to ease traffic
At around 7;30pm, the Anti-riot Policemen commanded by Living Twazagye the District Police Commander fired teargas to
disperse the youths to clear the road.
Twazagye said that he resorted to dispersing the youths because they had refused to listen to anybody and had become unruly on the road.
Police have also confiscated the public address and drums which the youths have been using for entertainment throughout the day.
Shops and restaurants closed as Police engage the youths in running battles on the streets.
By the time of filling the story, the Police had cleared the road and
traffic resumed but gun fires could still be heard around the town.
Earlier security personnel traveling in a Toyota Prado
also fired live bullets so as to clear the way through. The youths scampered for
their lives but later they regrouped and blocked the road again
// Cue in: “ Y’embeera gyetutusemu…//
Cue out;…ogakuba bantu.”//
The youths also throw stones at another truck belonging to Uganda
People’s Defense Forces, an act that alarmed the soldiers occupying it and they cocked
their guns but didn’t fire at them.