Monday November 25 2013

Chaos breaks out in downtown Kampala after Lukwago censure

Police and plain-clothed security operatives throw councillor Allan Ssewanyana

Police and plain-clothed security operatives throw councillor Allan Ssewanyana out of KCCA chambers. Mr Ssewanyana was trying to present a court order stopping the censure of Lukwago. Photo by Faiswal Kasirye.  

By Dear Jeanne

Kampala- Chaos Monday broke out in Kisekka Market, downtown Kampala, after Kampala Capital City Authority councillors impeached the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

Police have used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse people who were protesting the impeachment.

In a special council meeting chaired by Frank Tumwebaze the minister in charge of the Presidency and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), 29 councillors voted in favour of removing Mr Lukwago. Three councillors opposed the motion.

The chaos which lasted about one hour has, however, been contained by police and stick-wielding wielding men although shops remains closed.

There is heavy police deployment in several parts of the city.

 “Appropriate deployment was made due to intelligence information that there was mobilisation of people to cause confusion in the city,” Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Mr Ibin Ssenkumbi said.

Meanwhile, former Forum for Democratic Change President Dr Kizza Besigye has been arrested and whisked to Nagalama Police Station in Mukono District where he is detained.

Dr Besigye was intercepted as he attempted to leave his Kasangati home.