Police have used live
bullets to disperse traders in weekly markets in Bududa district. The traders
had gathered in Bushika, Busanza, and Kikholo markets, which operate on Monday each
The traders had traveled from various parts of Bugisu to conduct business as usual
but were surprised to find heavily armed police who turned them away in line
with the president’s directive banning public gatherings as one of the
preventive measures against corona virus.
The traders insisted on entering the
markets with their merchandise prompting police to fire live bullets to
Police spent the
better half of the morning in running battles with the traders.
the Officer in charge Bududa Central Police Station told URN that they decided
to turn away the traders to enforce the presidential directive on public
Agaba noted that the public is fully aware of the president’s directive but
decided to act to the contrary.
//cue in: “Traders out of…
Cue out:…As serious as possible ”//
Moses Luka, a trader condemned police for beating and arresting them, saying
that the police cells where they are taking them are equally not safe in this
//Cue in: “Bawamba babandu …
Cue out:… mumotoka paka mumabusu”//
Sarah Kibone, one the businesswomen who was assaulted by police officers, said
she wasn’t aware of the law prohibiting her from coming to the market.
also noted that the market is her only source of income.
//Cue in: “Sesindikho ni kumukhosi …
Cue out:…nama khutuya mukhatale”//
another trader says the market is his only means of survival and now wonders
how he is going to survive throughout the 32 period of the ban announced by the
//Cue in: “Bamala bakhutuya nilitore…
Cue out:…khuyeta indye”//
Ali Namisi, who had
come for business at Bushika market, says the president has only put up
directives on protection against the corona virus but didn’t look at how people
are going to survive during this period.
He explained that his Kenyan
counterpart has devised means of helping people during this period.