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Teargas Rocks Kampala As Lukwago Battles Police

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malady http://corepr.pl/wp-admin/includes/class-language-pack-upgrader.php geneva; font-size: small;”>“The IGP will be rolling out the community policing initiatives to counter the many policing challenges in the area,” police said in a statement today.

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The initiative comes at a time of increased murder and robbery cases especially in the central region.

At least one person is killed every day in Uganda, according to latest police statistics.

“This will go a long way in addressing rampant criminal activities in the sub county where local leaders are doing a lot in partnering with the police and other security agencies,” police said in a statement.

Hajji Abbas Kiyimba, the LC111 Chairperson is a central figure in this initiative which directly translates into safer communities as UPF strengthens ties with the Community.

“All media houses are advised to cover the event. The IGP will grant Interviews after commissioning the community police post,” the statement read.

Accompanied by Councillors and top KCCA officials, the offices are opened thus marking an end of a bitter war of words between Lukwago and Musisi.

2:00pm: Police have Thursday fired teargas to disperse Kampala City Council City Authority (KCCA) councilors led by Mayor Erias Lukwago as they attempted to forcefully open the Kampala District Land Board (KDLB) offices.

Heavily-armed anti-riot police swung into action at around 1:48pm when Lukwago and his men tried to use hammers to break padlocks on the Land Board’s offices.

Lukwago said he was fulfilling an order by the High Court to open the office.

However, KCCA boss Jennifer Musisi says such a move would jeopardize investigations into allegations of fraud and forgery leveled against KDLB chairman Yusuf Nsibambi.

Two unidentified journalists were injured in the fracas as police stepped forward to block Lukwago’s move.

Lukwago has been dumped on a waiting police truck which sped off towards Kampala Central Police Station (CPS).

As we write this, heavily-armed cops have blocked access to the office along Parliamentary Avenue in what now marks the height of a bitter power struggle between Musisi and Lukwago.

BACK GROUND

Police in May sealed off the offices over a suspected fraudulent Shs1b land deal.

The titanic clash stems from a land deal where Nsibambi reportedly forged the signature of Nakawa Lands Secretary a one Kamoga to facilitate city businessman Umar Mandela’s fraudulent acquisition of a prime plot number 2-6 along Spring Road in Bugolobi, a swanky city suburb.

Nsibambi recently said Musisi was conniving with tycoons to steal public land.

Nsibambi says Musisi is fighting him because he has refused to surrender over 15 plots to land mafias in high circles.

They include Plot 32, Kyadondo Rd, Plot 412, 413, 414 on Makerere Hill Road, Plot 21/27 Bombo Road, Plot 10 Nsambya Rd, Plot 9-11 Nsambya Road, Plot 13-15 Nsambya Road, Plot 17-19 Nsambya Road, Plot 1-3 Station Approach Rd, Plot 2 Tavern Avenue, Plot 5C Colville Street, Plot 15 Shimon Rd, Plot 31 Kitante Rd, Plot 1 Russel Rd and Plot 12- 28 Nsambya Rd.

Nsibambi has in the past been interrogated by detectives over the Bugolobi land deal.

Subsequently, on May 25, Kampala Metropolitan CID commander Paul Mugisha wrote to Musisi calling for action against Nsibambi over the fraud case.

You will recall that Musisi has never forgiven Nsibambi for cancelling a land title for St Balikuddembe (former Owino) market, which the land board had offered to KCCA.

Under Musisi, the city authority had refused to transfer the title to the market vendors until payment of Shs4.5bn, which Nsibambi vehemently protested.

Nsibambi has vowed to fight Musisi until the last drop of his blood.

The fights between Musisi and other top Kampala officials have polarized the power structures and sparked fears of corruption in KCCA management.

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