NRM supporters teargased, arrested, not paid


Boda boda leaders arrested [Picture by Nsuubaga Chrys]

Police used tear gas and live bullets to disperse NRM supporters in Masaka town who were protesting non-payment on Saturday.

A group of boda boda motorcyclists who support the NRM candidate, President Yoweri Museveni, decided to riot after officials reportedly refused to pay money promised to them last year.

The cyclists claim they were promised millions of money of which a specific Shs4m was to compensate them for boycotting Amama Mbabazi’s rally.

In Masaka where Mbabazi launched his 2016 presidential campaigns, NRM supporters tried to disrupt his processions to the designated campaign venues.

The former prime minister’s campaign posters were also torn down.

Apart from NRM supporters making an anti-Mbabazi procession in the town, boda boda cyclists were also “paid” to stay away from Mbabazi’s rally.

They were locked up in a building the whole day with the promise that what they would have made [money] during the day would be compensated.

However, the cyclists say up to now, they haven’t been paid a single shilling.

Yesterday, they rode their bikes to NRM party offices in Masaka town.


The scene in Masaka town yesterday [Picture by Nsuubaga Chrys]

They accused the NRM chairperson in the district of allegedly swindling their Shs4m.

At the party headquarters, they found the offices locked and proceeded to town to look for the chairperson.

They were, however, intercepted by police before they could cause a fracas in town.

Police fired teargas and live bullets to disperse them.

Some of their leaders were arrested and later released.

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