Nakivubo Park Yard Market: Vendors Clash With Police

No nonsense commander of Police operations Sam Omala oversees security after the Nakivuubo Park Yard fire.
No nonsense commander of Police operations Sam Omala oversees security after the Nakivuubo Park Yard fire.

The Old Taxi Park in Kampala was the scene of running battles between traders and angry vendors of Nakivubo Park Yard market.

It all started after police blocked the vendors from accessing their burnt stalls in Nakivubo park yard market, which was gutted by fire at around 4am in the wee hours of this morning.

Police also sealed off key access roads to Nakivubo park yard market to block the traders.  As a result, some of the traders who were gathered at Ben Kiwanuka street started pelting cops with stones demanding to be allowed to access the market. Police responded by opening fire and teargas to disperse the angry traders leading to running battles.

Some of the traders ran for dear life to Old- Taxi Park with police in hot pursuit.

Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander later arrived at the market and ordered Samuel Omala, the Officer in Charge of Operation to evict some of the vendors who had made their way to the burnt market.

This followed reports that Erias Lukwago, the embattled Kampala Lord is scheduled to visit the market and empathize with the affected vendors. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be established.

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