Seven people including two anti riot police officers have been injured following violent protests in Luweero town council over uncollected garbage. Annette Nampiima, Luweero Red cross focal officer identifies the cops as Ben Kiwanuka and Jowelia Kabajaasi both attached to Luweero Central Police Station. The other victims are Stella Kyakuwa, an expectant woman and two unidentified babies. Nampiima says that the cops sustained injuries after protestors pelted them with stones.
She says that some of the injured civilians fainted after police hauled teargas canisters inside their houses where they were hiding during the violent protest. Nampiima says that Red Cross volunteers rushed some of the victims to Kasana Health center and Kiwoko Hospital in critical condition. Richard Mivule, Central Eastern region police commander accuses the residents of turning rowdy and organizing a demonstration without informing police.
Mivule explains that police intervened and fired teargas to disperse the protestors when they lit fire along the Luweero-Kampala highway to block traffic. By the time of filing this story, the protestors were still engaged in running battle with the cops. Several traders stayed away from their shops for fear of losing their merchandise to the protestors.
The protestors insist that they will continue demonstrating until Muluuta Mugagga, Luweero Town Clerk resigns or is sacked from by Luweero Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Kyomya. They accuse him of refusing to release funds to fuel garbage disposal trucks. Ronald Ssembuusi, a resident of Luweero town council says that the heaps of the uncollected garbage have blocked the roads.
Charles Ssebyala, Charles Ssebyala, Luweero LC 3 chairman accuses the town clerk of refusing to release over shillings 600,000 for fuel leading to the accumulation of garbage in the town council. Attempts to get a comment from Muluuta Mugagga were unsuccessful as he has abandoned his office.