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PHOTOS: Teargas as Police Battle Kissekka Traders


sales geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Police were compelled to use teargas and batons to disperse the violent youth before restoring sanity in the volatile downtown Kampala.

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sale geneva;”>Drama started unfolding today afternoon with Police delivering a notice from KCCA, directing all traders with kiosks along the drainage path to vacate.

A police truck clearing burnt tyres from the road

According to Kampala Central Police Station boss Dennis Namuwooza, “we came to this market to serve a KCCA letter informing the traders around Nakivubo channel to leave but our team came under attack as soon as we arrived at the market.”

He added: “We found that people had already been mobilised in the area to attack us. But our main duty here is to serve letters to those people operating in the road reserve and to notify them of the need to do the right thing and leave.”

Police found traders had already put in place barricades and burnt tyres in the middle of the roads, blocking access to the market.

Police tighten security in downtown Kampala after the riots

Kissekka Market publicist, Simon Peter Lubwama blamed police officers for “serving KCCA documents in our market without first informing the market executive,” adding, “our people did not know why Police came here, a reason they rose up in arms.”

Police take furniture used to block the roads to Kissekka market

The Kissekka market is a lawless area and a springboard for violent riots that have severally paralysed business and traffic in downtown Kampala.


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