Police uses tear gas to disperse Panadol’s supporters

By Sania Babirye

Incumbent Peter Mugema Panadol has been nominated as an Independent candidate for the Iganga Municipality MP seat after losing out in the NRM primaries.

He however says he is still an NRM member.

He said he decided to run as an independent instead of appealing to the NRM tribunal because he does not believe that he would have gotten justice in the same party electoral commission that had cheated him and declared his rival winner.

He says he trusts the will of the people who had always elected him back and will win by 70%.

Mugema says he will concentrate on improving the health of his voters.

Meanwhile, police was engaged in a battle with Panadol’s supporters who had escorted him at the Iganga district headquarters for nomination, they fired teargas to disperse the gathering.

Teargas in Mbale as NUP leader Kyagulanyi goes to Mbale High Court

By Sania Babirye

Police in Mbale has fired live bullets and tear gas to disperse supporters of National Unity Platform party president and 2021 presidential aspirant Robert Kyagulanyi as they tried to follow him at the Mbale high court this morning.

Hon.Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine is suing police officers for blocking him from attending a paid for talk show on one of the local stations in Mbale town.

The supporters gathered along the way and started following Bobiwine’s motorcade forcing police to disperse them after they had gathered outside court.

Police was forced to arrest some supporters in the said fracas.

On the 13th of August of this month, People power Hon.Robert Kyagulanyi dragged the Inspector General of police and the Mbale senior police officers seeking compensation in form of damages for allegedly blocking him from having a paid for radio talk show on one of the local stations in Mbale.

Through his lawyer Anthony Wameeli, Bobiwine sued the IGP Martin Okoth Ochola, Mbale RDC Balasa Sulaiman Ogajo and the DISO of Mbale George Mwoda.

He wants the IGP and his co accused to pay him for violating his constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression .

He is also accusing them of discriminating against him since they said police officers allowed other politicians to hold their talk show on the same day on the sane radio stations.

Others being sued include Mbale regional police commanded Wesley Nganizi, Mbale DPC Ahimbisibwe Fred and Mbale CPS commander Kato Arafti.

Bobiwine wants court to compel the said police officers to individually pay him punitive damages accusing them of during teargas amongst his supporters.

Bobiwine also seeks other declarations including a permanent injunction against police from ever stopping or interfering in his campaigns or talk shows on TV or radio countrywide.

Tear gas and rubber bullets fired as Malende picks nomination forms

By Sania Babirye

Tear gas and rubber bullets have been fired by police at the people power movement headquarters in Kamyokya as police tried to arrest Shamim Malende a people power member who had gone to pick her nomination form for the Kampala woman MP seat.

According to police, Malende the people power supporter flouted standard operation procedures by gathering a group of people to escort her to the party headquarters to pick forms.

As a result, police tried to arrest her however, she was protected by her supporters who charged at police forcing police to fire teargas and bullets to disperse the angry youths.

Malende later forced her way into the party offices escaping arrest.

She has described the incident as uncalled for but not surprising saying that they are used to the unprofessional conduct of the police .

She however says that she will not be intimidated .

Malende will be battling for the seat with among others FDC’s Dr.Stella Nyanzi who has already been nominated by the FDC party to stand on the party ticket.

The seat is currently being represented by estranged FDCs Nagayi Nabilla who has not yet expressed any intentions to stand again.

Police fires tear gas and live bullets to disperse Bobi Wine’s supporters

By Robert Segawa

Police fires teargas and live bullets to disperse supporters of Kyadondo East members of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobiwine in Ndeeba this afternoon. Police says that they were blocking the legislator from accessing Pope Paul Memorial center for a consultative meeting, which they further state that he had not full filled the requirements for this meeting to happen as per January meeting held at electoral commission early this year.

The angry Bobi Wine supporters prompted police to shoot live bullets and teargas to disperse them after blocking Kibuye Nateete highway by burning old car tires.

During the scuffle police arrested 15 suspects to help them in investigating.

Luke Owoyesigyire, Deputy Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson confirmed the incident saying they will be charged with inciting violence.

Student sues government over amputated arm

By Sania Babirye

An 18 year old student whose left arm was amputated after a mysterious tear gas canister he found in his bed allegedly exploded on him in 2017 is seeking over 22 million Uganda shillings in compensation and to acquire an artificial limb from Government .

This is after Muzafaru Kamakya a resident of Ndikuttamadda LC1, Masajja-Salaama in Makindye division dragged Government to the High court Civil-division seeking an order to compensate him over his alleged amputated left arm.

According to evidence before court, Kamakya claims that on the 20th of October 2017, he went to to bed at about 9:30pm and he saw a green bottle lying on his bed which he mistook to be a perfume bottle.

Kamakya further alleges that he used his left arm to lift the said bottled, however, the said bottle in the process exploded and shattered his left arm which was later amputated at Mulago hospital .

He claims that the matter was reported to Human Rights Commission which officials concluded that the tear-gas canister went astray through a broken window of his grandmother’s house to his bed; as police dispersed a gathered crowd that was intending to protest against the amendment of the Presidential age -limit.

The then Senior three student of Happy Times Secondary School in Busaabala says that his UCE results were affected as at the time of writing exams , he had not yet adapted to using his weak right arm.

Kamakya now wants the high court to find an appropriate amount for government to atone for the permanent injury he sustained and monies to enable him acquire an artificial limb which is valued at 22million shillings .

The high court is yet to summon the Attorney General to respond on behalf of the alleged irrational actions of the UGANDA police force .

Kamakya is not the first person to lose an arm at the hands of a tear gas canister.

On the 28th of March this year, a Kyambogo university male student had his arm and all five fingers ripped off by a tear gas canister as he tried to pick it up and throw it back to police during a university protest.

Police fires teargas and live bullets to disperse protesting traders

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kampala is still engaged in running battles with traders in Kiseka market protesting the remand of Kyadondo East Mp Robert Kyagulanyi. Our reporter Robert Ssegawa has the rest of the story

Singer Bobi Wine was on Monday charged with disobedience of statutory duty and remanded to Luzira prison by Buganda road court chief magistrate Nahilya

The traders today, locked their shops and took to the streets demanding for the immediate release of the singer Bobi wine. Traders blocked the road around down town Kiseka market, burning old car tyres which prompted police to swing into action.

Police have used tear gas and live bullets to disperse traders. The military has been called in to reinforce the police in a bid to calm the situation.

Bobi wine will next appear in court on the 2nd of May.

There is also heavy deployment of men in the uniform in Natete and Busega roundabout after security got intelligence that a group of youth are planning to demonstrate.

Police trucks known as Mamba’s, are visibly parked at Busega roundabout, while police and UPDF men are foot patrol in area. Other security personnel have deployed on top different buildings in town.

According to Patrick Onyango the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson “deployment in different parts of the city is aimed at keeping law and order”.

Over 2000 residents evicted from land in Wakiso

By Deo Wasswa

Police has fired teargas in the process of evicting over 2000 residents at Mulusanja Village near Kyanja in Wakiso district.

Over 400 houses and other properties have been destroyed by goons that was hired by a one Merdard Kiconco who claims to be the owner of this land.
The operation which started in the morning has left one unidentified person dead by the bullets

The  victims say they acquired the land legally but were shocked to get to know that the same land was sold to Merdard Kiconco to put up a factory in area.
The victims added that the government has noted helped them at all and wondering if this government still care for its citizens.
They say, the kind of eviction exhibited clearly indicates that the country has no president, but rather  a person who cares about him self and his family.
Pupils at Excel Modern Nursery school were among the people who suffered tear gas .

Police in running battles with Kisekka traders after Besigye arrest

The traders rioted following the arrest of Dr. Kizza Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party, presidential candidate.Besigye was picked up by Police when he defied Police directives not to lead a procession through Jinja road on his way to Nkuruma road to greet his supporters as party of his campaigns.

Police are engaged in running battles with traders at Kisekka market in Kampala Central Division. The traders rioted following the arrest of Dr. Kizza Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party, presidential candidate.

Besigye was picked up by Police when he defied Police directives not to lead a procession through Jinja road on his way to Nkrumah road as part of his campaigns. He was driven to Kira road police station, before he was taken to his home in Kasangati.

The arrest drew protests from his supporters at Kisekka market. They barricaded Kyaggwe road and lit bonfires using used car tyres. As a result, Anti-riot Police backed with armored personnel used teargas and water cannons to disperse the rioters.

The traders dispersed into the neighboring Mukwano and Kisekka Auto malls before they regrouped and started pelting stones at Police personnel.  A police officer sustained bruises on the head after he was hit by a stone.

Two rioters were picked up police and bundled on a waiting Police pickup truck. A team of heavily armed Military police also rushed to deploy around the area to restore calm. Our reporter also saw a team of Uganda Red cross Volunteers in the area ready to respond to emergencies.

By the time of filing this story, Police had released Besigye to resume his campaigns. Besigye left his home in a huge convoy with of hundreds of his supporters. It is not yet clear, whether Besigye will be allowed to enter the city area according to his earlier plan.

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