Luke Owoyesigyire, deputy Kampala police spokesperson, said police ably identified the six among the crowd pelting stones that hurt some of the police officers and damaged a patrol vehicle attached to CPS.
people accused of stoning police officers and a police vehicle in Kampala have been arrested and are being held at the Kampala Central Police Station – CPS.
allegedly spearheaded by John Kabanda and Katongole pelted stones at police
officers and police patrol cars that queried a protest by city traders.
staged a protest because landlords are demanding for rent arrears ranging from
March to July yet the country was in COVID-19 lockdown.
deputy Kampala police spokesperson, said police ably identified the six among
the crowd pelting stones that hurt some of the police officers and damaged a
patrol vehicle attached to CPS.
“We have six
people in our cells on allegations of inciting violence. These people threw
stones at police officers but also damaged our patrol vehicle,” said Owoyesigyire.
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at CPS said he rallied traders to protest because of their landlords have
decided to lock their shops until they pay rent arrears. Kabanda added that the
landlords had also removed some doors of their shops, something that exposes their
merchandise to thugs.
just look on as my landlord violates my rights. Why cut the door of my shop? If
my goods are stolen, will he (landlord) pay me? We have not been working since
March and therefore we cannot pay rent for months we didn’t work,” reasoned Kabanda.
Traders who participated
in the protests on Wednesday operate at Nabukeera, Nana and Capital Buildings. These
buildings have been under lock and key even when some were cleared by government
to resume operation after meeting the COVID-19 Standard Operations Procedures –SOPs.
buildings are owned by among other businessmen, Drake Lubega and Mansur Matovu,
who have vowed that they would not allow traders to resume operation before
clearing rent arrears from March to July.
tried to engage the landlords but they have not listened to us. My capital is
21 million shillings and I pay 2.8 million shillings per month. If you deduct
11 million shillings for rent, I will have remained with almost nothing,” says Mary
Unit –FFU and general police personnel under the commander of ASP Ivan Nduhura
and ASP Benson Oboro queried trader’s protest using teargas and live bullets. Traders
vowed to resume their protest tomorrow.
Last week, a police patrol vehicle
windscreen was smashed during protest at the Kisekka market.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.