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Bugiri NRM chairperson Kagere arrested over protesting against poor service delivery

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  • Kagere and Bugiri municipal council mayor, Ayub Kisubi, found themselves in custody after they led a protest against the government’s delay in allocating funds for road repairs.
  • Police intervened, using force to disperse the crowd and arresting Kagere and Kisubi, deemed the protest leaders.

Kagere and Bugiri municipal council mayor, Ayub Kisubi, found themselves in custody after they led a protest against the government’s delay in allocating funds for road repairs. Kisubi stressed their mandate from the 2021 elections to enhance services like transportation, health, and education, emphasizing how poor roads impede economic activities.

Bugiri’s proximity to the Uganda-Kenya border holds promise, yet inadequate roads stifle business growth, Kagere lamented. He questioned the government’s priorities in approving Bugiri’s municipality without sufficient funding for development.

Their peaceful demonstration turned chaotic as more people joined, blocking roads and disrupting traffic. Police intervened, using force to disperse the crowd and arresting Kagere and Kisubi, deemed the protest leaders.

Bugiri’s district police commander, Godwin Ochaki, stated the protesters hadn’t obtained police clearance, leading to disruptions and property damage. Kisubi and Kagere face charges of organizing an unlawful assembly and property destruction, raising concerns about citizens’ right to protest versus maintaining public order amidst infrastructure grievances.

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