Kasana Police Post Reopened After Protests

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In short
Residents led by Luweero Town Council Chairman Charles Ssebyala staged a protest against the closure this morning. They carried placards calling for strengthening of the Police post and mounted blockades made of heavy logs and tree leaves along Kyebakutika-Musoba road to stop the transfer of office equipment from the post.

Kasana Police Post in Luweero Town has been reopened following protests by residents this morning.

The protests followed a directive by the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura who visited the post after an attack in which one Police officer was identified as Geoffrey Bala recently killed. Also injured in the attack was Sergeant Sarah Achan.

Kayihura explained that the police post was operating in a very a dangerous and inadequate state which exposed it to attacks. The Police post was operating from a house meant for a shop and partly houses a family.

But residents led by Luweero Town Council Chairman Charles Ssebyala staged a protest against the closure this morning.  The residents carried placards calling for strengthening of the Police post and mounted blockades made of heavy logs and tree leaves along Kyebakutika-Musoba road to stop the transfer of office equipment from the post.

Charles Ssebyala said the IGP rushed to close the post before consulting local leaders and providing alternative sources of security. Ssebyala said that instead the post needs to be elevated to a fully-fledged Police station.
 
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Ronald Luyinda, another resident said that the development was shocking to a community that was already agitating for a second Police post.
 
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Efforts by the Anti-riot Police commanded by acting Regional Police Commander Idd Kigenyi to persuade residents to respect the directive were fruitless. Kigenyi bowed to public pressure to reopen the post pending the outcome of a crisis meeting with Town Council leaders to address the problem.

By time of compiling the report, there was heavy deployment around Kasana town. 

 

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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.