Jinja City attacked with ‘petrol bombs’

Police display some of the exhibits

Jinja city was thrown into panic after a group of youths moving unregistered motorcycles let off explosives along various streets in the city’s Southern division on Tuesday afternoon.

The police say that the hooded men also dropped leaflets along Main Street, Ghokale road and Obote way before they sped off to an unknown destination.

The leaflets carried messages denouncing President Yoweri Museveni’s election victory. “No swearing-in. We need our victory,” read the printed statement on the leaflets. The youths also dropped plastic bottles filled with petrol, packed together with old tyres in sacks.

Nuru Mubeezi, a trader along Main Street says that they alerted police after hearing a big blast from the sack.

“We saw the burning sack being dropped in the middle of the road and most of us were thinking that its’ the usual garbage protests within the city. However, about 20 minutes later, the sack kept on releasing big blasts, prompting us to alert police,” she said.

Ponsiano Musobya, a boda boda rider along Obote Way says that the youths masqueraded as motorists who had dropped luggage for their passengers only to realize that the sack contained old tires and petrol.

“Most new motorcycles don’t have number plates and when we saw youths dropping a sack along the roadsides. We thought that it is luggage for their passengers. However, two hours later, we decided to untie the sacks only to discover old tires, bottles of petrol and leaflets,” he said.

Abbey Ngako, the Kiira Region police spokesperson says that they have managed to recover some exhibits from different areas and efforts are on to track down the suspects.


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