16th July 2018
By Yosam Gucwaki
Anti-riot police have today arrested the Kiryandongo District LC5 Chairperson, Mr Charles Ntairohoki, together with 6 other residents in attempt to stop protesting residents over the erection of road humps at Masindi Port trading Centre in Kiryandongo District.
The Kiryandongo District Chairperson who was trying to engage the police in what he claimed was the last resort by both the Kiryandongo District Local Government Authorities and residents to reduce on the road carnage brought about by speeding motorists plying the Gulu- Kampala Highway was bundled onto a waiting Police patrol car and whisked away to unknown place as the police fired the teargas canisters in attempt to disperse the protesting residents.
Traffic at Masindi Port Town was temporally blocked for more than 30 minutes by protestors who blocked the road using stones and tree trunks.
Earlier the District Chairperson had explained to residents that his intervention is prompted by the lack of response from UNRA to the big outcry made by residents who continue losing their dear ones at the different black sports caused by over speeding motorists.
Before being whisked away by police, Ntairohoki indicated that they could not wait for another disaster simply because UNRA is not responding
Earlier the District Chairperson said the district had mobilized sand, cement, stones, food among other items to boost the construction process for the road humps at 10 black spots.
Meanwhile the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, Mr Julius Allan Hakiza in an interview with this reporter said that the District Chairperson has been taken to Masindi Central Police Station to allow investigations into the matter continue.
Hakiza added that humps are supposed to be erected by Engineers from the Uganda Roads Authority and the District Engineers but not politicians adding that they are likely to charge him with inciting violence and convening unlawful assembly.
UNRA Communication and Public Affairs officer, Mr Mark Ssali, says the UNRA Road Maintenance team has already engaged the leaders and residents of the area are committed to doing interventions adding that the process to effect that is ongoing.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website