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Police teargas traders demonstrating against power blackout

25 September 2014, 10:34 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Police in Kampala Wednesday afternoon fired teargas to disperse rowdy traders along Nasser road in the city centre who were demonstrating against power blackout.

According to one of the police officers who dispersed the traders, Hassan Segujja, the traders turned rowdy  following the power blackout that they said halted their business operations.

Segujja said, ''We were called by one of the owners of the buildings who feared that the rioters would set fire on the buildings. On reaching here, we found that the irate traders had gone wild and blocked the road causing inconvenience to the road users.''

He said that they were left with no option other than firing live bullets in the air and using teargas to disperse them. The traders fled immediately.

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''After sometime, the situation normalized and traffic on Nasser Road started flowing normally,'' Segujja said.

The affected people who mostly execute their businesses from Printers’ Arcade along Nasser Road blamed police for using excessive force. One of their leaders, Andrew Waswa said the police did not have to teargas them.

Waswa said, ''There was no need for police to fire live bullets in the air and teargassing us. Imagine the whole place now smells of teargas.''

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He said that at least four people were injured as they fled from the scene, and are undergoing treatment at the Mulago hospital.

Police have arrested a man donning a T-shirt with a photo of Amama Mbabazi, the Prime Minister who was last week sacked by Museveni claiming that he was the one leading the rioters.

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