Uganda: Chaos as police teargas Lukwago
Source: Daily Monitor
Police last evening fired teargas and gunshots to block a convoy of Kampala Mayor-elect Erias Lukwago’s supporters, who were celebrating his victory.
The 6pm fracas at Wandegeya started after the police blocked Mr Lukwago’s procession that was coming from Bwaise on Bombo Road and headed to the city centre.
Whereas the police wanted the group to divert and use the Makerere-Nakulabye route, Lukwago’s supporters insisted on going straight to town using Bombo Road, prompting the police to fire tear gas to disperse them.
Thanking gone wrong
Mr Lukwago, who was atop a car waving to his supporters, was driven off unhurt, while one of his chief campaigners, Mr Ssemujju Nganda, engaged the police in an argument.
The mayor-elect later told Daily Monitor that the procession was meant to thank the electorate for voting for him in the just- concluded elections. It was to end
with a rally at Nakivubo Blue Primary School.
katte said the fracas resulted from failure by Mr Lukwago’s supporters to adhere to agreed routes.
“The Police accepted Mr Lukwago to hold a rally at Nakivubo Blue Primary School and his supporters from Kawempe side were given gazetted routes to connect to the venue but when they reached Wandegeya, they decided to change yet the people were very many and it was rush hour,” he said.
He said the police action was prompted by supporters who turned rowdy while the Wandegeya police boss was still advising Mr Lukwago to follow the agreed
“After teargas was fired at the supporters, the situation normalised because they accepted to use the agreed routes. There were no arrests and no injuries were registered,” Mr Ssekatte said.
But last evening, although calm had returned to Wandegeya, heavy police presence was visible.