Iganga Mayor Clashes with Security over Arrest of Saza Road Vendors

By Solomon Hamala
Iganga Municipality Mayor Bamu Lulenzi has come to defend Saza road vendors who were arrested yesterday in an operation to clear the road for construction.

The operation that was led by the acting Law enforcement officer Sserunjogi Samuel on Thursday last week saw 25 vendors apprehended, and others choking on tear gas that was fired by the police to disperse the angry vendors who were being displaced off the road.

The road is situated in the heart of Iganga town and is under construction by Dott Services.

Mayor Bamu Lulenzi however said the vendors were arrested unfairly.

“They did not even sound a warning to the people! They only abruptly came to arrest and destroy people’s businesses”, Bamu said.

He also cautioned the Law enforcement officers to stop the unjust arrests he said they were even extorting bribes from the arrested.

“I have actually written to the judiciary in Iganga to free those vendors. And I have also written to the town clerk to have Sserunjogi interdicted for going against the professional ethics”, he noted.

Sserunjogi when contacted however rubbished Lulenzi’s claims and said he was only doing his work.

“Those people were told to leave the road several times. The warnings have however fallen on deaf ears. But the construction has to go on!” Sserunjogi said.

The arrested vendors were scattered in different prisons; Namilari, Kiyunga
and Busesa prisons.

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