Police Disperses Lyantonde Protestors

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The protestors also blocked roads in the town council paralyzing traffic.

Police has dispersed a demonstration by residents of Lyantonde town council to protest the water crisis in the town council. On Tuesday, a group of residents led by Wilson Wampala, the LC I chairperson of Kyazanga village took to the street to express dissatisfaction over the persistent water crisis. The protestors also blocked roads in the town council paralyzing traffic. This prompted anti riot police to swing into action to disperse the protestors

Wamala told URN that their taps have been dry for the past two months. He said that a 20 liter jerry can of piped water costs 1500 shillings while borehole water costs 1000 shillings. Wamala said that most residents can not afford the high cost of water. Wamala said that the persistent water crisis has also affected Lyantonde Health center, forcing patients and their attendants to travel long distance in search of water. 

He said that they want the authorities to explain, why the water crisis has persisted for two months. Elijah sewandiji, the Lyantonde Town clerk has appealed for calm from residents saying that the water problem will soon be resolved. He explains that National Water and Sewerage Cooperation is about to complete laying new pipes to resume water supply in the town council. 

Rashid Agelo, the Lyantonde District Police Commander has advised residents to desist from violent demonstrations to express their dissatisfaction. He advises residents to find better ways and avenues to express their concerns instead of resorting to radical measures such as blocking traffic.