Riots in Kisekka market as traders protest Bobi Wine’s arrest and detention

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Police Tuesday used teargas and bullets to disperse hundreds of angry supporters of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine at Kisekka Market in Kampala.
Several policemen from the Field Force Unit (FFU), regular police and the Military Police engaged in running battles with Mr Kyagulanyi’s supporters.

The police’s action was sparked off when protestors who were standing on top of the buildings, pelted the officers with stones.
Earlier on, a section of the youth told the traders to close their shops, saying they were going to demonstrate.
In Kamwokya and Kyaggwe road, traders closed their shops as rowdy youth burnt tyres in the middle of the road.

Meanwhile, there is heavy deployment of riot police and other security officers in different parts of the city especially in protest prone areas such Wandegeya, Kaleerwe, Kamwokya, City Square.

Police put out fire from the burning tyres lit by protestors in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb
At Wandegeya junction, there were more than 20 policemen armed with both guns and teargas canisters.

In Kamwokya and Kalerwe, army and police were extinguishing tyres lit by protesters in the middle of the road while armed security men had spread to different corners.
Police said they are monitoring the strategic places using Closed Circuit Television cameras.

“Even commanders of platoons deployed at different strategic points have been given gadgets that enable them connect with control room at CPS [Kampala Central Police Station],” a senior security officer said.

On Monday Bobi Wine appeared before the Buganda Road Grade one Magistrate’s Court and charged with disobedience of statutory duty contrary to section 116 of the Penal Code Act.

Ms Beatrice Akol, a private security guard attached to Securex with a bandage on the leg after she was shot by a stray bullet while on duty at Orient Bank at Kisekka market.

The charges date back to July, 2018. Prosecution alleges that in July, 2018, Kyagulanyi, his co-accused and others at large while at City Square in Kampala, disobeyed sections 5 and 10 of the Public Order Management Act.

The Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate, Esther Nahilya remanded the suspects to prison until May 02, 2019.

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