The police in Kampala are investigating an attack on a boda boda rider who was ferrying Museveni’s posters on Sunday night.
According the deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Luke Owoyesigyire, the cyclist identified as Baker Musisi, was attacked by men on two motorcycles at Luwafu Road, in Makindye division.
He was riding on a black motorcycle, registration number UEA 144 B when he noticed that two motorcycles were trailing him.
The victim, according to Owoyesigyire, stopped to inquire on why he was being trailed. His attackers responded by hitting him with an iron bar.
Musisi told the police that much as he was wearing a helmet, but the force of the iron bar broke its shield and injured his left eye.
He also claims to have been robbed of his wallet containing Shs 50,000, national identity card, Techno phone valued at Shs 450,000 and Museveni’s campaign posters.
“He was later found by passers-by and rushed to the hospital. Police at Katwe has intensified the hunt for the suspects and so far one has been arrested with the help of CCTV footage. The suspect is being held on allegations of robbery and assault,” Owoyesigyire said
Meanwhile, dozens of boda-boda riders wearing t-shirts bearing President Yoweri Museveni’s portrait and holding his posters paralyzed traffic flow in Kampala.
The riders who are believed to have started from Bwaise caused confusion at the Wandegeya traffic lights as they crossed disregarding traffic lights leaving others road users stranded for some minutes.
They repeated the same throughout Kampala road and stopped in the middle of the road at City square near Mapeera Building.
Traffic policemen were seen begging them to leave so that cars can move as they continued chanting Museveni’s name. After putting traffic at standstill at City square, they repeated the same at Kampala –Entebbe Road junction.
Not even the Field Force Police (FFP) and Local Defence Units (LDUs) who had earlier been deployed in anticipation of protests could stop them. Security personnel just looked on as the riders rode at snail pace.