Two People Injured In Masaka Riot

Two elderly women are injured during running battles between the police and residents of Kidda Village near Masaka Municipality protesting against the constant power outages in the area.

A police Track parking used to quell riots in Kidda is still on standby
A police Track parking used to quell riots in Kidda is still on standby

The outage started on Friday after Umeme officials removed a transformer from Kidda village in retribution for power theft.

The officials led by Duncan Mwesigwa, the Masaka branch manager claimed that majority of the residents in the area were consuming unmetered power.

Uganda loses USD 30m (approximately Ugx 76Billion) annually in electricity theft and other associated power losses.

Isaac Mugume, the commercial Officer for Umeme Masaka branch says the move was driven by alarming levels of power-theft among residents of Kidda, Buchulo and Kisuuna villages. He said Masaka region was losing up to 37 percent of the planned supply to illegal connections and power theft.

He adds that such illegal connections were affecting supply efficiency and putting people’s lives at risk.

Masaka DPC John Mwaule chatting with residents after quelling them during power riot in Kidda trading centre in Masaka
Masaka DPC John Mwaule chatting with residents after quelling them during power riot in Kidda trading centre in Masaka

However, this morning, angry residents blocked the Masaka-Nakiyaga and Masaka–Kidda roads paralyzing business and transport in protest of the action by Umeme.

They started a procession to storm UMEME offices in Masaka to demand an explanation from UMEME on the reason for disconnecting the entire village as opposed to dealing with the power thieves.

The procession was blocked by anti-riot police who used tear gas and live bullets to quell residents who were hurling stones at the security personnel.  Separate tear gas canisters landed into the houses where the two injured women reside.

The injured are Pelagiya Namatovu, the mother of Bukoto East MP Florence Namayanja and another identified as Mary Nanyonga, both residents of Kidda trading centre in Buwunga Sub County.

Police officers guarding a transformer poles that residents wanted to uproot after umeme removed it and switched off power.
Police officers guarding a transformer poles that residents wanted to uproot after umeme removed it and switched off power.

 

Namatovu is now admitted at Kitovu Hospital, while Nanyonga was by press time receiving first aid from her home in Kidda.

John Mwaule, the Masaka District Police commander explains that police was forced to fire live bullets and use teargas because the protesters had turned rowdy yet they were hiding into residences.

At the time of filing this report, Masaka regional Police Commander, Maxwell Ogwal, Masaka Deputy RDC Joseph Ssekasamba and other local leaders were meeting with Umeme officials to restore power.

Dozens of anti-riot police officers have also been deployed in Kidda village.

1 thought on “Two People Injured In Masaka Riot

  1. How can u call the present day Masaka ,a town when the swines were in power,Masaka was like a city!!!!!!!..with paved tarmac roads, with all the municipal roads having street lights ..all the way up to the surrounding suburbs..for example,Katwe,Kijjabwemi,Kidda,Nyendo, Kyabakuza.Kitovu hill and all the way to the missionary hospital of Kitovu!!

    Howeve,r what do we see now in Ugandan papers day in and day out,..in the current visionary government of some body who has been in power for 30 years???….the answer is filth, dirt.sickness,unemployment of all categories of people,disillusionment of the entire country!!!….the whole country requires salvation..they might be quiet..but their suffering in silence, has been bottled up for too long.!!!..one day- they will not be able to contain it ..trust me!!!

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