Tear gas today rocked Rukungiri as anti-riot police and army battled a section of boda boda riders who were in a procession to welcome Independent presidential candidate Gen. Henry Tumukunde as he arrived to launch his campaign in Kigezi sub-region.
Gen.Tumukunde arrived at in Rukungiri at around 01:30: PM in a convoy of about 200 boda boda riders who welcomed him at the Rukungiri-Ntungamo border of Kahengye.
However, on reaching Hakasitamo in Nyakibare, Southern division, Rukungiri Municipality heading to the municipal stadium, they found heavy police and army roadblock.
Superintendent of Police Henry Kintu, Rukungiri District Police Commander allowed only vehicles to proceed and blocked boda bodas.
This angered boda boda riders who started exchanging bitter words with security officers as they attempt to beat roadblock. It is in the process that Kintu ordered for the firing of tear gas to disperse them.
But Tumukunde argued that there was no reason for tear gas because boda boda riders were peaceful.Gen Tumukunde Speaking;….
He promised to improve education and health by constructing a public university and a hospital in Rukungiri to serve the people of Rukungiri and Kanungu. ENDS.