Scores Injured As Police Disperse Nabukenya's Rally Top story

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Attempts by Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Betty Nambooze, the Kyandondo East and Mukono municipality MPs to plead with Turyagumanawe not to fire teargas failed yield results.

Scores of students of Everest College and opposition supporters were injured on Tuesday evening in clashes between police and opposition leaders at the rally of Brenda Nabukenya, the DP candidate in the Luweero District Woman MP By-elections. 

Anti-riot police led Grace Turyagumanawe, the Assistant Inspector General of Police cordoned off Kasana Playground at 7:30pm where Nabukenya’s rally was taking place and sprayed voters and opposition leaders with teargas and pepper spray to disperse the gathering. Police said the rally had gone beyond 6pm deadline set by the Electoral Commission.

Attempts by Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Betty Nambooze, the Kyandondo East and Mukono municipality MPs to plead with Turyagumanawe not to fire teargas failed to yield results. It took police three hours to contain the situation as opposition supporters engaged the cops in running battles accusing them of breaking up a peaceful rally.

Ronald Ndawula, the director Everest College says several students at his school, which is a stone's throw away from Kasana playground, fainted as the tear gas canisters dropped right in the school compound.

The students were rushed to Kasana Health Center for treatment.

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Scores of residents were also injured during a stampede that broke out as people scampered to safety.
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Nabukenya and Norbert Mao, the DP president, Betty Nambooze, EALA representative Fred Mbidde and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago escaped unhurt.

Suzan Namaganda, the Bukomansimbi district Woman Member of Parliament, says she was briefly detained Police and released. She says the police action was uncalled for and accused the force of inciting violence in the area.

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Erias Lukwago, the embattled Kampala Mayor, described AIGP Turyagumanawe as unprofessional saying he should be dismissed with disgrace from the force because of his record, which is captured in the Ssebutinde report.

Our reporter was also roughed up by Turyagumanawe as he sought a comment from Lameck Kigozi, the Savannah Region Police Spokesperson. Earlier in the day, Police also blocked Nabukenya from holding rally at Kasana Taxi Park claiming that it would paralyze transport along the Kampala-Gulu Highway.

The Luweero district woman MP by-elections are scheduled for May 22nd 2014. The seat fell vacant after the court of appeal nullified the election of Nabukenya on the grounds that the election didn't comply with electoral laws. Other candidates are NRM’S Rebecca Nalwanga, Ramulah Kadaala and Faridah Namubiru, both independents.


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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.