Anti-Riot Police Deployed To Break Luweero Road Protest

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Mensusera Kiwanuka, a motorist at Kasiiso boda boda stage says several trucks loaded with pineapples and farm produce often get stuck on the road.

Anti protest has broken up a demonstration by residents over the poor state of Kasiiso-Kikyusa road in Luweero in district. This morning, angry residents blocked Kasiiso-Kikyusa road for about four hours to protest the failure by Uganda National Roads Authority to install culverts, which paralyzed public transport.

The road connects Kamira, Kikyusa, Butuntumula sub counties to Luweero town council and Kampala-Gulu Highway. The protestors mainly comprised of motorists, drivers and pineapple traders dumped logs, banana suckers, trees and culverts in potholes filled by water from Kagoye swamp to express their disappointment. Godfrey Tebyasa, the chairperson Kasiiso boda boda stage explains that transport had become difficult on the road because of the huge potholes.

He says some residents fell in the potholes, which endangers their lives. Tebyasa says that they had repeatedly communicated to UNRA to install culverts on the road, but they pleas fell on deaf ears leaving them with no option but to take to the streets. Mensusera Kiwanuka, a motorist at Kasiiso boda boda stage says several trucks loaded with pineapples and farm produce often get stuck on the road.

By the time of the protests, 10 truck loaded with pineapple were stranded on the impassable road. He says UNRA hoodwinked them by dropping some culverts alongside the road, but they were not installed.

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Some of the youths took advantage of the poor state of the road, to make some money by lifting rifting residents at the cost of 2000 shillings. Charles Ssebyala, the Luweero town council LC 3 chairperson has backed the protestors saying the installation of the culverts was long overdue adding that, Kasiiso-Kikyusa road is the main link to key pineapple farms in Kikyusa and Kamira sub counties, which are main source of local revenue.
However, police led by Justus Asiimwe, the Luweero District Police Commander swung into action forcing the protestors to disperse for fear of being teargassed. Asiimwe explained that, despite the fact that, the resident's complaints were genuine, he says it was wrong for them to block the road.

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George K. Inyensiko, the Luweero UNRA Station Engineer says the protests were uncalled for since they were addressing the matter .Inyensiko says a team of workers have been dispatched to install the culverts.

Recently, a group of motorists stopped Abraham Byandala, the works and transport minister and area MP and tasked him to explain why he had failed to ensure the maintenance of the road. Byandala promised to take over the matter.



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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.