Uganda: Police Quell Masaka Protest Over Bad Road

Scores of anti-riot police spent the better part of yesterday morning in Nyendo Town, Masaka Municipality, battling enraged residents in Mukudde Zone, who went on rampage over an impassable pot-holed road.

The squad led by the officer in-charge of Nyendo Police Post, Mr Patrick Maikula, came face-to-face with hundreds of angry residents armed with hoes, machetes and knives as they planted banana stems in a one kilometre road.

The residents claim that the leadership of Nyendo-Senyange Division failed to rehabilitate the road despite prioritising it in the budget this financial year.

The police intercepted the irate residents, who had already planted suckers on the road, as they were storming the division chairmen’s home.

LC chief survives mob

“It was not proper for the residents to demonstrate. They would have talked to their chairman before planting the banana suckers in the road,” Mr Maikula said, adding that some “hooligans” wanted to take the chance to rob people’s property.

The residents were demanding an explanation from the division chairman, Mr Charles Kabulasoke, over the impassable state of the road. They said they cannot transport their farm produce because of the multiple pot-holes. They also said the division has not refilled the potholes though it owns some trucks and tractors, which can ferry some gravel.

No person was arrested or injured during the battle but the residents vowed to continue with their demonstration if the roads in the area are not worked on.

Ms Viola Nassanga, a resident, said they lost a 30-year-old pregnant woman only identified as Jane, who allegedly fell off the motorcycle and died instantly on the poor Mukudde Road.

The LC1 chairman for Mukudde Zone, Mr Leonard Kabumbuli, said the division leadership had turned a deaf ear over the poor roads in the area. He supported the residents’ cause, saying they cannot travel or transport their valuable commodities.

After dispersing the the residents, police whisked Mr Kabulasoke away.

But the LC1 Chairman for Mukudde zone, Leonard Kabumbuli challenged Kabulasoke’s statement saying that the division should improvise with other means because poor roads have stagnated business in the area
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