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Protests against Masaka Town Clerk Persist

The protesters wanted to stop President Museveni on his way from Rwakitura and ask him to immediately remove Baryantuma from Masaka over allegations that he is frustrating service delivery in Masaka

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The offices of Johnson Baryantuma Munono, the embattled Masaka Town Clerk, have been closed as public protests against him enter the second day supported by Mathias Mpuuga, area Member of Parliament.

 

On Tuesday evening, anti riot police quelled a group of residents who had started blocking Masaka-Mbarara highway at Kyabakuza trading centre.

 

The protesters wanted to stop President Museveni on his way from Rwakitura and ask him to immediately remove Baryantuma from Masaka over allegations that he is frustrating service delivery in Masaka. They residents wanted to take President Yoweri Museveni around the town and show him how many projects have stalled under Baryantuma’s leadership. However, UPDF soldiers and anti riot police deployed heavily and dispersed the protesters.

 

On Wednesday, UPDF soldiers and anti riot police again deployed heavily at Kyabakuza and Nyendo to stop the second day public protests against Johnson Baryantuma Munoni, the Masaka Town Clerk.

 

MP Mathias Mpuuga of Masaka Municipality supported the call for the second day protests against Baryantuma. Mpuuga says he tried to meet both Masaka Mayor Godfrey Kayemba and Baryantuma to resolve their power struggles twice last year. He, however, claims that Baryantuma is an enemy of development in Masaka town.

 

MP Mpuuga says public protests will definitely force him out of Masaka.

 

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Godfrey Kayemba, the Masaka Mayor, says they decided to resort to public protests against Baryantuma because the Ministry of Local Government and Public Service failed to respond to his petition against him. He says last year, he sent two petitions to Patrick Mutabwire, the Permanent Secretary Local Government Ministry and Adolf Mwesige,the Local Government Minister to transfer him but they have never responded to him.

 

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Uganda Radio Network found his offices located on Baroda Building along Elgin Street closed without any one in sight. Only the office of his deputy town clerk was open. All the staff of the town clerk were no were to be seen despite the fact that it was working day. Two police officers had also been deployed on the entrance of Town Clerk’s offices.

 

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network on phone, Baryantuma declined to reveal where he was. He also refused to address the allegations against him.

 

Noah Sserunjoji, the Southern region police spokesperson says police will arrest all those who try to block Masaka-Mbarara highway. He says it is illegal to block the road.

 

Sserunjoji says police is alert after learning of a plot to set the town on fire under the guise of protesting against Baryantuma. He says if MP Mpuuga, Mayor Kayemba and other leaders are angry with Baryantuma, they should seek other avenues of resolving the matter other than blocking roads which will affect other people.

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