Police have sealed off Kiseka market following clashes with traders. The Thursday morning clashes were triggered by the arrest of Lukwago, the KCCA Lord Mayor and Kiiza Besigye, the former FDC president.
Police intercepted Besigye at Mini Price Bata shop at the Namirembe and Ben Kiwanuka Street junction as he was on his way to meet Lukwago, who was scheduled to address traders over his impending censure. Last month, a section of KCCA councilor signed a censure petition against Lukwago.
As a result, Lukwago decided to hold rallies to explain to voters his troubles. However, police banned the rallies accusing Lukwago and some legislators of inciting the masses against councilors opposed to his leadership. This morning, Lukwago and Besigye were scheduled to address traders at Kiseka market.
However, heavily armed anti riot police led by James Ruhwezi, the DPC Kampala Central Police Station picked up Besigye who was driving in his black Lexus and whisked him off to CPS. Police also picked up Lukwago a few meters from Kisekka market after battling traders.
The arrest of the two politicians didn’t go down with traders, who started pelting the cops with stones. Police fired teargas and live bullets to disperse the traders forcing them to abandon the market. By the time of filing this story, the traders had started regrouping at Mukwano arcade on Kyagwe road, where they were monitoring the developments at Kiseka market.
Police has not yet commented on the clashes as James Ruhweza, the DPC Kampala Central Police Station and Ibin Ssekumbi, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson didn’t pick calls from our reporter.
Two people are said to have lost their lives during the riots.
Meanwhile, Erias Lukwago, the Kampala Capital City Authority Lord Mayor is undergoing treatment at Case Clinic along Buganda road, where he was rushed with breathing difficulties as a result of inhaling teargas.