Government has threatened to quell the walk to work protests that resumed on Wednesday. Security minister Muruli Mukasa says government will not hesitate to take stern action against any body breaking the law under the guise of the right to demonstrate.
Muruli says instead of engaging in protests the opposition should play its legitimate role of providing constructive ideas to government. On Wednesday, opposition leaders used the launch of the Light a candle campaign to launch the second phase of the Walk to Work protests.
Muruli claims that government intelligence shows that the opposition intends to spread the disruptive protests to Kampala, Jinja, Mbale and Kasese. He claims that the opposition incites the masses to protest to provoke security and portray government as brutal.
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But Mathias Mpuuga, MP Masaka Municipality and leader of A4C, a pressure group, says that government has had ample time to address the high food and fuel prices in vain. He says that the fresh protests are aimed at forcing government to take action against the high cost of living adding that they will not be deterred by police threats to arrest them.
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On Wednesday police clashed with opposition supporters when it tried to foil memorial prayers for victims of the walk to work protests.