Army deployed in Kisekka Market

Friday February 19 2016

An abandoned roadside pineapple stall in  Kampala,

An abandoned roadside pineapple stall in Kampala, where the army and police have deployed. Photo by Abubaker Lubowa. 


KAMPALA- The army has deployed around Kisekka Market in the city centre amidst tension that followed police breaking into the offices of the opposition FDC and stopping a press conference by presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye.

Moving in Jiefang trucks, soldiers entered the city through Jinja road and deployed took positions in  Kisenyi and Kisekka where traders have closed shops. Kisekka Market has been previously the epicentre of demonstrations in Kampala.

An eye witness told Daily Monitor that the army deployed after a police vehicle was deflated by two people using nails.

“The police came out and fired teargas and left the vehicle behind. Moments later, a truck carrying soldiers came,” he said.

The army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said the UPDF deployment was not meant to harm people but keep peace and security.

“It’s trouble makers who should get worried .UPDF deployment on the streets should be seen as a sign of peace and security,” he said.