HOW IT HAPPENED: Kampala Traders’ Strike

visit geneva; font-size: small;”>4:00 : Government cancels a press conference scheduled at Media Centre. Energy Minister Irene Muloni intended to announce increase in electricity tariffs.

rx geneva; font-size: small;”>It’s feared Muloni avoided worsening the already tense situation.

2:00: Police deploys heavily. Shops remain closed. Kampala is calm. Downtown bank branches which rely on customer deposits are empty.

11:44. KACITA sit-down strike now politicized with traders displaying banners calling upon the Inspector General of Police Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura to immediately release youth arrested during the 2009 September Buganda riots.


11:37: corps are in the field, filing latest stories on the traders’ strike that has paralysed Kampala.

Latest information shows business in Kampala city centre and its suburbs has come to a standstill after traders closed shop, protesting increased interest rates on their bank loans.

Shops along Kampala Road, Bombo Road, Bwaise and Nasser Road are under key and lock.

Traders have stormed several city banks to withdraw their deposits.

11:00: Riot Police is deployed at the explosive Kisekka Market after traders attempt to block off a road.

A minor scuffle ensues with a trader hurling a stone at police.

10:45: Tension heightens in government corridors of power. Word comes in that President Yoweri Museveni intends to meet the striking traders.

10:30: Nasser Road traders reject new business deals. Most shops here are closed.

10: 20: Nakivubo and Kisseka traders chose to play cards and Ludo outside their locked shops.

10:00: Information comes in showing the teachers are also planning to join the strike:

9:24: Kampala looks like a ghost town as most shops are closed. Arcades in the city centre are closed with padlocks and chains.

9:00: Word spreads like wildfire that most banks are not allowing huge deposit withdraws.

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