Former Makerere University researcher and Kampala Woman MP aspirant, Dr Stella Nyanzi has been arrested for spearheading a protest against the continued closure of city arcades.
Dr Nyanzi and scores of traders had given five days ultimatum for the government to re-open city arcades or else demonstrate next week. The group was arrested ahead of their press briefing.
Nyanzi’s protest and arrest has happened a few days after she submitted her nomination papers at the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) headquarters.
The controversial researcher is vying to unseat Nabilah Naggayi Sempala, the incumbent Member of Parliament representing the Kampala Women Parliamentary Constituency in the 10th parliament.
The mayhem happened barely a day after Kampala city traders association (KACITA) had informed its members that the Cabinet minister didn’t not get time to discuss the issue of re-opening city Arcades.
“The cabinet didn’t not have time to sort out our item for opening the Arcades therefore we will have to wait for next week for another sitting of cabinet unless the minister of trade get chance to speak to his excellency the president in a special way” reads part of Kacita’s Message
In a bid to curb the spread of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic, in March, President Museveni ordered for closure of all shopping malls, none food markets, transport business, and other businesses which attracted a large number of people. Since then the president has been easing lockdown for risk free sectors.
In this last address, President Museveni directed the minister of trade, Ministry of health experts to assess the covid-19 situation in town before the re-opening of arcades and the boda-boda industry.