Tuesday, 12 November 2013

30 arrested in Kasokoso after riot

30 arrested in Kasokoso after riot


At least 30 Kasokoso residents have been arrested by Police as they battled angry rioters protesting the Monday night arrest of their leader.
The 30 are being held on allegation of inciting violence and participating in an unlawful assembly.
Police arrested Umar Mayanja after he appeared on a talk show on a local television station.
The residents blocked all roads in the area and set fire to logs in the middle of the road, later storming the police post to protest Mr Mayanja’s arrest. This prompted the police to fire teargas at them.
The unrest in Kasokoso springs from residents’ opposition to an alleged plan by the National Housing and Construction Company (NHCC) to survey and demarcate 380 acres of land in the area.
The residents that are also protesting the surveying of the 380-acre piece of the land which National Housing and Construction Corporation claims ownership.
On Monday, November 4 four people were shot and eleven were arrested by police as it quelled a riot against a planned two-day NHCC demarcation exercise in the Kireka slum.
Kira Division Police Commander, Mr Peter Nkulega, says they have restored order in the area after using teargas.
"We are now going to screen the suspects and those found to be criminals will be taken to court," Mr Nkulega says
By 4:30pm some shops had started to open, although the situation was still tense.