Rubber bullets and tears gas were today fired by Anti Riot police as it triedd to disperse rowdy vendors. This was after they (vendors) tried to make a road through the construction site where the market used to be.
Work came to a standstill in downtown Kampala as Anti riot police tried to stop Kisseka market vendors that had turned rowdy. Police fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the rioting vendors who tried to make a road through the fenced construction site where the market used to be.
SP Musani Michea the DPC Central Police Station (CPS) and officer in charge of the operation said that the police had been deployed to Kisekka since yesterday/ He said the whole of yesterday was calm until some people that are against the construction of the market tried to make a route through the site. “Some people who don’t want the market to be constructed were behind this chaos. They want to uproot the iron sheets.. These people don’t even have shops here, they are used by other people to cause chaos,” he said..
The vendors say that they wanted to make a route because their customers find a hard time to reach the new place where they transferred. “We need supplies but we have to go around the site yet we can just cross through, it’s not fair,” said Bright Tumwine, a mechanic.
Five people have been arrested in connection with the chaos on charges of criminal trespass and theft. Police say that the five, all men were involved in uprooting a section of the fence to make a route. They are at CPS, we are going to charge them for theft and criminal trespass,” confirmed SP Musani. “They will be taken to court,”