Anti-riot Police Battles Protesters as Mayiga Traverses Nakasongola

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About 50 youths led by Buruuli Clan Council speaker George William Bwaborwo and chairperson of Women Affairs Jamirah Nakiyimba had marched to Nakasongola district headquarters with intent to disrupt the visit as Katikkiro Mayiga headed to the venue, his third stopover of the much anticipated visit. He has already been to Kakooge and Kalongo Sub Counties.

Anti-riot police has used tear gas to disperse rowdy groups protesting the visit of the Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga in Nakasongola.

About 50 youths led by Buruuli Clan Council speaker George William Bwaborwo and chairperson of Women Affairs Jamirah Nakiyimba had marched to Nakasongola district headquarters with intent to disrupt the visit as Katikkiro Mayiga headed to the venue, his third stopover of the much anticipated visit. He has already been to Kakooge and Kalongo Sub Counties.

The group was chanting anti-Buganda songs and equipped with placards with inscriptions against Buganda kingdom, The Katikkiro, and his visit to Nakasongola.  "Buganda Stop Culture Imperialism, Mayiga Go Back to Buganda, Know Where Buganda Stops',' read some of the writings on the placards.

The protestors attempted to uproot the tents but were thwarted by the anti-riot police. The operation commander, Senior Superintendent of Police Sam Omala ordered officers to confiscate the placards and drive the protesters out of the venue.
 
But group leader George William Bwaborwo faulted the central government for aiding Mengo to breach a Memorandum of Understanding signed between President Yoweri Museveni and Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, last year.

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Mayiga is expected at the district headquarters later today as part an ongoing drive locally known as ‘Etofaali',  initiated to mobilize resources for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Kingdom properties.

During his speech at Kakooge town council, The Katikkiro overlooked the protests and instead focused on advising Buganda communities in the area to engage in farming and stop bush burning. Mayiga collected shs 4.5 million at the first stop in the district.
 
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.