Police use tear gas and bullets at Bryan White Fund launch in Arua
The scene at Boma Grounds after police dispersing the crowd that had come to partake Bryan White goodies and also be entertained, the grounds were empty by 6:45pm
04 Aug 2018 8:58 AM @ugandaonline
The Bryan White Foundation (BWF) team and CEO Brian Kirumira aka Bryan White have been in Arua since last Saturday, the charity drive that was meant to end on Saturday ended Friday around 6:00pm after police resorted to using tear gas and bullets to disperse the crowd that had turned rowdy.
The BWF through its tag line; "Awakening the Youth from Poverty" had been in Arua since last Saturday giving out money to groups, individuals and also opening up an office there.
The one week charity activity was to end with celebrations at Boma Grounds where individuals and groups that presented their projects were being given interest free loans plus an assortment of scholastic items to school going children.
The exercise which was presided over by socialite, Zari Hassan, who jetted into the country on Friday morning and straight on boarded a chartered flight to Arua, all was going on peacefully until some groups felt they need a fair share of the money.
The 'Fire Eaters' group went on rampage after their leader was called on stage to present their project, they didn't want any of that, but the money.
It was not long before they started making their way to the podium, leaving Bryan White and his crew members fleeing for their dear lives. The group was joined by other youth turning the whole place into a mess as the looting of the gift items plus some Club Silk equipment became the order of the day.
It was then the security operatives deployed took charge shooting bullets and tear gas, two were injured in the process. Bryan White Crew members were stoned and several chairs broken disrupting traffic flow around the Arua hill.
A mother who took off from the scene, leaving her child behind was later reunited with her baby boy. Bryan White and his crew members are yet to issue a statement.
Meanwhile, the West Nile Regional Police Commander, Jonathan Musinguzi, warned that in future, events like these could be stopped due to the various thugs that come to take advantange of situations.
"In Arua, some youth always want to take advantage of any situation. Self-control is key in any event because in future, we may be forced to stop some of the events and the municipality will lose the money from such events," Mr Musinguzi said.
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