UPC Condemns Police For “Brutalising” Park Yard Vendors


shop geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>While addressing the press at the party headquarters at Uganda House, the UPC vice president, Joseph Bossa said that it is very “unfortunate that police and military decided to brutalise traders who were nursing wounds of their lost property instead of sympathising with them”.

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A military officer rushing to the market

The traders accused police of not responding in time to contain the fire that destroyed the Park Yard market at Owino/Nakivubo area.

Women cry and suffocate after police dispersed crowds with tear gas

“Where was the police that hurry to arrest one before leaving his home? Why couldn’t they protect the property of the traders from getting destroyed?” wondered Bossa.

A suspect was injured during the violence

Bossa cautioned police to find out why fire outbreaks are becoming so rampant in the Park Yard market which is recorded to happen every after 6 months.

During today’s clashes, the military pursued protesters in Kikuubo area, Kissekka, Nakivubo and Ben Kiwanuka Street.

Military Police engages in running battles with vendors

With enraged crowds using stones as their weapons against security forces, anti-riot police personnel fired dozens of teargas canisters and live bullets in the air to control the situation that was fast spiralling out of control.

Anti-riot police gaurds petrol stations

The military formed a cordon around the market and neighbouring buildings as anti-riot police personnel guarded fuel stations and patrolled the streets.

Kayihura visits the market

The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, in the afternoon joined a delegation from government that visited the park yard traders and vendors to offer their condolences.

Kayihura thanked the traders for the togetherness they exhibited in fire fighting as well as saving their property without mixing in politics.

Kayihura consoles traders

On the issue of reports on the past fire outbreaks at Park Yard market Kayihura remarked that “You need to be patient as the CID department of police is doing whatever is possible to release those reports”.

The chairperson of Owino market, Godfrey Nkajja Kayongo, called upon government to do whatever is possible to help the traders of Park Yard who are mostly peaceful youths who have never been cited in any city strike or demonstration.

After the meeting with government officials held at Nakivubo settlement, some traders have decided to return to the burnt place in which they have described as demarcating and protecting the plots for their stalls.

The minister of Defence, Crispus Kiyonga extended his condolences and announced government’s compensation of Shs 1 billion to the traders.

The situation remains calm at Nakivubo road and Nakivubo Mews as these roads are still barred from motor vehicles.

Some shops along this road remain closed for fear of losing their property and the fact that there are no people to buy.


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