UPDF deploys in Moyo as residents beat RDC, district bosses

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UPDF soldiers with the RDC's car full of sticks

Angry residents on Monday demonstrated the poor road system in Moyo district and took it out on government officials.

The residents started by roughing up the Regional Police Commander [RPC] North West Nile region, Jonathan Musinguzi, a development police denied.

Musinguzi in turn accused Williams Anyama, the LCV Chairman, of allegedly mobilising the people to protest.

The residents blocked the road heading to Kampala and clashed with police demanding that Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA] fulfils its duties.

They attacked UNRA offices at Moyo Station and beat up staff, sending many to hospitals with severe injuries.

As tensions simmered, Moyo deputy Resident District Commissioner, Gertrude Obedi, in the company of the Chief Administrative Officer of Moyo District, Alex Chelimo and the district education officer, decided to travel to Kampala where they had a meeting slated for Tuesday.

Residents, however, blocked the officials at Laropi accusing the RDC of ferrying sticks in the car with which security agents would cane them.

Residents blocked the road and burned flammables

They demanded that instead of travelling to Kampala, the officials ought to return to Moyo town and address the issue at hand.

The residents started slapping the RDC. When the DEO and CAO intervened, they were also badly beaten and sent scampering into the bush.

It took the intervention of UPDF soldiers that rescued the officials and drove them to Moyo general hospital for treatment.

Residents chanted in victory urging their leaders to advocate for development instead of wasting time campaigning for the removal of the age limit bill and intimidating people.

They praised the LCV chairman Anyama for being courageous enough to fight on the side of the people.