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Bugiri NRM chairperson Kagere arrested over protesting against poor service delivery

The residents joined in the protests

The residents joined in the protests

Bugiri National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairperson, Sayyid Kagere has been arrested for allegedly leading protests against his own government's poor service delivery in the area.

Kagere was arrested alongside Bugiri municipal council mayor, Ayub Kisubi as they particularly protested against the government's delay in releasing funds for the rehabilitation of dilapidated roads.

Before their arrest, Kisubi emphasized that the electorate in 2021 entrusted them with the responsibility of providing efficient service delivery, particularly in transportation, health, and education when they re-elected President Yoweri Museveni back in power. He highlighted how poor road conditions negatively impact economic activities, hindering the timely transportation of goods and services.     

"Bugiri is one of the strategic towns located near the Uganda-Kenya border, but this comparative advantage has not benefited the residents since the poor roads have frustrated business resilience in the area," he said. 

Kagere echoed similar sentiments, expressing concern over the adverse effects of poor roads on agribusiness enterprises and the overall revenue generation in the area. He questioned the government's decision to approve the creation of a municipality in Bugiri without adequate funds for its development and improvement of services. 

“Government's failure to service the needs of the community is frustrating our mobilization efforts because it is hard to convince the people that their government is good yet it cannot address their needs,” he said. 

The peaceful protest escalated into chaos after other members of the public joined in to block major roads and disrupt traffic. Police intervened by dispersing the protesters using tear gas and live ammunition, leading to the arrest of Kisubi and Kagere, identified as the leaders of the demonstration.

According to Bugiri district police commander, Godwin Ochaki, the protesters failed to seek police clearance before the protest, resulting in disruptions to the business operations in the area. Ochaki described the protest as non-peaceful, citing chaotic scenes and threats to community members' well-being and property destruction. 

Kisubi and Kagere were detained at Bugiri central police station on charges of organizing an illegal assembly and destruction of property. The incident has raised concerns about the balance between citizens' rights to peaceful protest and maintaining public order, underscoring the underlying tensions surrounding infrastructure development and governance in the region.

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+1 #1 Lakwena 2024-05-07 10:31
That is a one-of, how irrational dictatorship is: It is the typical "Problem of Africa", where, after overstaying in power leaders become complacent and indifferent to the needs and suffering of peoples.

And because the deficit in the social services is overwhelming they resorts to bribery, intimidation, terror, arbitrary arrests and/or violence

Because dictatorship leadership is irrational, it is fundamentally dysfunctional and "BACKWARD" such as: backward Public Transport, from Buses to Boda; from Railway to NO railways; from Quality Education and Health services to dehumanizing social services; etc.

Hence the dictators, disparately tries to RATIONALIZE the IRRATIONAL.

In other words, Ugandans need to get their country back from thugs!
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0 #2 Lakwena 2024-05-07 10:50
As we approach the 2026 General Election, Ugandans, and especially the Youths (NRM or not); must be reminded of what the Youths member of Parliament, Hon Anne Adeke wrote in the Sunday Monitor (18th June 2023):

"... You can’t fix 40 years of mistakes (failure) with 1 Legislation; one Budget allocation; one Financial Year, 'incremental taxation and borrowing (mine)', ... etc. That is not possible".

In other words, given the same arrogant, indifferent, cruel, corrupt and foul NRM regime leadership, things can only get worse but never better.

Those who ears hear it. And eyes to see, for yourself.

Ugandans need a brand new leadership/government!
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0 #3 Akot 2024-05-07 20:21
Quoting Lakwena:


after overstaying in power leaders become complacent and indifferent to the needs and suffering of peoples.

And because the deficit in the social services is overwhelming they resorts to bribery, intimidation, terror, arbitrary arrests and/or violence!

dictatorship is irrational, it is fundamentally dysfunctional and "BACKWARD" such as: backward Public Transport, Buses to Boda, Railway to NO railways; from Quality Education and Health services to dehumanizing social services; etc.

dictators, disparately tries to RATIONALIZE the IRRATIONAL.

Ugandans need to get their country back from thugs!


Thanks.

NO to the tribalistic system & UNITY under just ONE National Leadership are all Ugandans need!

From which tribal land will Museveni fight to come back from & which tribes will join him?
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0 #4 Akot 2024-05-07 20:31
Quoting Lakwena:


"... You can’t fix 40 years of mistakes (failure) with 1 Legislation; one Budget allocation; one Financial Year, 'incremental taxation and borrowing (mine)', ... etc. That is not possible".

In other words, given the same arrogant, indifferent, cruel, corrupt and foul NRM regime leadership, things can only get worse but never better.

Those who ears hear it. And eyes to see, for yourself.

Ugandans need a brand new leadership/government!


Thanks.

Time Ugandans say NO to tribal leaders & UNITE, if they want to be owners of the zone formed by their tribal lands again & govern as they wish!

Going for next fake elections will confirm Ugandans still need, want Museveni!

Which means Ugandns don't have LEADERSHIP so ensure they remain powerless tribally divided ruled slaves of Rwandese Museveni!
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