Bukakata Demos Enter Day 2

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Police is battling Democratic Party (DP) supporters who have staged fresh protests in Lambu and Bukakata landing site to demand the release of their detained colleagues.

Police is battling Democratic Party (DP) supporters who have staged fresh protests in Lambu and Bukakata landing site to demand the release of their detained colleagues.

Yesterday, police arrested dozens of DP supporters for their alleged involvement in illegal assembly, inciting violence and disruption of peace during the road protests. Some of the ring leaders arrested over protests are Charles Zzimula, MP Florence Namayanja’s campaign manager for Ssunga; Jamil Bukenya, Abdullah Muhindo, Jamil Ssebudde, and Francis Walusimbi, all former MP Namayanja’s campaign strategistS for Bukakata.

The suspects were arrested during protests against delayed rehabilitation of Masaka-Bukakata Road whose construction government had announced would start in September this year. But the angry residents, most of them boda boda riders, taxi drivers and DP supporters led by MP Florence Namayanja of Bukoto East took to the street and started demonstrating to express their dissatisfaction of the delayed road rehabilitation.

But police swung into action, fired live bullets and teargas to disperse the demonstrators and arrested them for closing down several sections of the road. The suspects are detained at both Lambu police station and Bukakata police station. On Tuesday, morning, a group of DP supporters led by MP Namayanja again mobilized and stormed Bukakata and Lambu police posts demanding the unconditional release of all the suspects.

They started demonstrating outside these police posts forcing police to chase them away by charging at them with batons. Noah Sserunjogi, the Southern region police spokesperson confirms detention of several suspects but says police will not release them before pressing charges against them.

He told Uganda Radio Network on phone that they are still in a security meeting but all the suspects will be charged in court after investigations are complete.

MP Florence Namayanja says she is disappointed police has refused to either present them in court. She says he is unhappy that police has again brutalized them.

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Simon Peter Wafana, the Southern Region Police Commander says police has beefed up security along Masaka-Bukakata road to prevent escalation of violence.

Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Yesterday said construction of Masaka-Bukakata road would most likely start mid next year because the release of funds which were expected to be used delayed.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.