Police Screens Travelers to Kampala

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Charles Wesley Mumbere Iremangoma, the King of Rwenzururu Kingdom has joined the call to government to increase teacher’s salaries.

Police has mounted road blocks along Kampala-Masaka Highway to block youths from there from traveling to Kampala to participate in a rally organized by activists for change to express solidarity with protestors in North Africa. The rally is scheduled to take place today at Clock Tower grounds along Kampala-Entebbe road.

This morning, police mounted several road blocks on major roads in Masaka to prevent youths from traveling to Kampala for the rally. Some of the road blocks are stationed at Kyabakuza, Kisaaka, Total Highway, and Nyendo town. Others are along Villa Road and Kimanya along Masaka-Mutukula. About 10 cops have been deployed at the road blocks to check and screen cars driving through and particulars of the travelers.
At Kisaaka round about along Masaka-Sembabule road, police offloaded about 9passengers packed in a small car and interrogated them briefly where they were heading to. After close to 15minutes of questioning they were allowed to proceed to Masaka town where they were going. Andrew Sorowen, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Charge of special duties in Southern Region says that they decided to screen passengers to sniff out wrong elements.
He claims that MP Mathias Mpuuga of Masaka Municipality has been recruiting youths in the region with the aim of transporting them to Kampala to cause chaos. He claims that Mpuuga has been involved in massive recruitment of youths since August in areas such as Masaka, Rakai, Mpigi and Ssembabule.

But Mpuuga denies any involvement in recruiting youths for the said rally insisting that the solidarity rally is a public event for all people who believe in democracy. Mpuuga also says that he does not need to recruit any body to follow him to Kampala given the prevailing economic situation.
The decision by police to screen cars has not gone down well with passengers and drivers. Emmanuel Mukasa, a taxi driver along Masaka-Mutukula Highway says the introduction of road blocks has paralyzed transport. Mukasa wants the police road blocks removed immediately because police men are going to abuse them and start extorting money from drivers.