Friday, April 29 2011
As the rest of the world was glued to the Royal Wedding, In Kampala, it was a day of chaos. Gun shots, tear gas, police and military pick-ups were the order of the day for a greater part of Friday.
Riots started from Kisekka market and later spread to other parts of the city. Demonstrators were pelting the police with stones. Kisekka market was littered with burning tyres.
Police together with the military police took over forcing all the shops to close as many took off for safety. It is likely that these demonstrations were sparked off by the way Dr. Kizza Besigye's car was smashed and later arrested in Wandegeya on Thursday.
Kampala city was on fire plus other places like Kalerwe, Kasubi, Ntinda with all roads blocked and tyres being burnt in all these places. This paralysed transport to and from Kampala city leaving many passengers stranded.
Red Cross ambulance vehicles were plying on most routes in search for the wounded. In Mulago Hospital, It was a bee hive of activity with increasing numbers of those that were either suffocating from the tear gas or injured as a result of the scuffle.
The fracas left two dead and many injured. Several arrests were made in the process.
Meanwhile, the opposition leader's condition has still not improved leading to his being transferred to Nairobi for further medical attention. At the airport, security operatives held him for an hour before he was cleared to go. He was accompanied by his personal doctor. He left aboard KQ 414 to Nairobi hospital. He is still in pain on his right ear and eyes according to his personal doctor.
By 3:00pm Kampala shops were still closed and the city deserted. A number of passengers were seen waiting for commuter taxis that had long stopped operations. The police tried to clear the mess and unblocked the roads as much as possible.
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