Police foils plan to ‘burn down’ Kampala, Mukono

Police foils plan to ‘burn down’ Kampala, Mukono
Eazzy Banking

Police claim to have intercepted and impounded two trucks full of old tyres that were being transported into Kampala allegedly by people who wanted to burn business premises in Kampala.

According to a statement issued by the deputy police spokesperson Patrick Onyango (pictured above), the trucks were intercepted after some of the demonstrators who were planning to burn the tyres in different parts of Kampala tomorrow decided to collaborate with the police.

Onyango adds that police is still looking for the owners of the trucks for questioning but has arrested some suspects in connection to the planned arson.

The statement comes barely two days after supporters of Kyaddondo East MP Alias Bobi Wine held protests in various parts of Kampala and Mukono.

The protests were quelled by a combined force of Military and Police with more than 100 suspects arrested in the two districts.

Busy week

Protests demanding for Bobi Wine’s freedom have become a daily occurrence allover the country since the MP was arrested last week on Tuesday. Today, the demonstrators, most of them youths, began walking from Kisekka market and Kampala road heading to Constitutional Square from where they would move to Makindye military barracks. The protests soon spread to Kampala road, Nasser road, Ndeeba, Nateete and Old Kampala.

But the demonstrators were intercepted by anti-riot police personnel who used tear gas and bullets to disperse the crowds. The police officers were shortly backed up by military police personnel.

The prolonged heavy sound of gunfire and tear gas forced traders to close their shops. Susan Akite, one of the shop attendants at Mabiriizi complex, says that she was told by her boss to close their shop the moment the live bullets and tear gas were fired.

More than 30 protestors were also arrested and are currently detained at Kampala central police station. Kyagulanyi was charged in the Army court with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. He was remanded to Makindye military barracks until August 23. Other jailed MPs include Paul Mwiru, Gerald Karuhanga and MP-elect Kassiano Wadri, former MP Mike Mabikke and 30 others.

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