Massive Protests Break Out In Mbale Over Dusty Roads

order geneva;”>Drama started unfolding at around 6am with residents of Namakwekwe trading center blocking the road from Mbale to Kumi by burning tires, online culverts, website logs and putting garbage bins in the middle of the roads.

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This prompted the police to come at the scene and immediately started firing live ammunitions and tear gas.

As if the coming of the police was a motivation, residents of Nkoma town also joined their counterparts by also burning tires and dumping rubbish in the road.

In their efforts to quell the protests, the police rolled several teargas canisters which compelled protesters to pelt stones at the police.

A fire brigade vehicle which was parked on the road was smashed with stones.

This is the latest violent protest in Mbale.

The protests ceased at around 11am with residents saying this was only a warning to the government to work on their roads lest they put up a bigger protest in the near future.

Ivan Wambede, a shop attendant in Namakwekwe, said: “We are fed up. They only work on this road when the president is going to use it. Of recent when the president was visiting Bulambuli, they worked on it but did not add murram or tarmac it after the Head of State had left.”

He said heavy vehicles en-route to Juba use this road thus contaminating their commodities with dust.

“I have almost quit selling consumer goods like sugar, rice, posho and all of the things in the shop have to be cleaned daily. Either government works on the roads or we shall keep protesting,” said Wambede.


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