1 shot as teargas, live bullets rock Lira town


Police patrols Lira town [URN photo]

Police has fire teargas and live bullets in Lira to disperse a crowd that was protesting the demolition of illegal structures.

The ugly clashes were sparked by traders who were protesting the demolition of illegal structures at Juba Market in the centre of the town.

According to John Peter Ematu, the north Kyoga Regional Police Commander (RPC), a boda boda rider was shot in the crossfire.

He identified the rider as Moses Ewal who was shot in the buttocks.

He was rushed to Lira referral hospital where he is undergoing an operation.

Lira Hospital administrator Micheal Odur confirmed Ewal was in the theatre and doctors were trying to remove the bullet, which is stuck in his waist.

Businesses remain closed in the centre of Lira town as police patrols the streets.

In March this year, traders stormed Juba road and forced their colleagues running different businesses including shops, bars and kiosks to close and go home due to insecurity.

Ezra Tugume, then DPC for Lira was forced to intervene after five people were hacked by pangas.

In January 2014, business was paralysed in Lira Town as traders suspended operations in protest of deteriorating security levels and continuous attack on members of the business communities.

The strike came a week after a hardware trader Susan Eryao was killed by unknown assailants.

The same group was suspected of robbing Shs 5 million belonging to an Asian trader from the same town.

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