Police on Wednesday afternoon fired bullets in a scuffle with youth from Kawempe after a failed meeting to discuss ways of benefiting from the money recently pledged by State House.
Police reports that the youth had not been cleared to organize a meeting which forced them to block it.
“I am requesting that you go through the right procedure of writing to the Regional Police Commander and area officer in charge. No one will stop you from getting the money,” a police officer told the youths.
The youths were, however, not satisfied with this answer and went on chanting ‘It is our money, give it to us’.
“The president gave out Shs2.5 billion to all the youth in Kampala and every division had to get a share of shs500 million. We have gathered her to discuss how we can get this money and put it to good use. However, Police have blocked us,” one of the youth lamented.
Soon after, tear gas was fired and bullets fired to disperse the protesting youths. A number of youths were violently arrested and put onto a waiting police patrol truck.
The police patrol truck, however, crashed and overturned as it whisked the suspects to Wandegeya police station. The apprehended suspects used the opportunity and escaped from the police men. There were no casualties.