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Police Arrests City Traders’ Demo Leaders

Police has Wednesday morning arrested Kampala Arcade Traders Association (KATA) Chairman Godfery Katongole together with the Spokesperson Edward Ntale.

The two were arrested together with other members as they attempted to march to Naguru police headquarters to submit a notification letter to the IGP about their organized Labor Day celebrations due to take place on 1st March.

Police trying to disperse the demonstration that led to the arrest of  Kampala Arcade Traders Association (KATA) Chairman Godfery Katongole and the spokesperson Ntale Edward

In a press conference held before the procession, Katongole said that the celebrations will be held at Nabugabo along Nakivubo road.

Katongole added that they will also air out all the challenges that are facing traders in Kampala in the presence of the invited guests that will include; the Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, Former Presidential Candidate Dr. Kiiza besigye, Minister of Trade, Minister for Kampala, KCCA acting Executive Director among others.

“Some of the challenges affecting traders in Kampala include, unfair treatment of traders by land lords, inconsistence in rent and paying it in dollars, high electricity rates, multiple taxes, unfair competition between local traders and foreign investors, multiple taxes among others,” Katongole said.

Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango while responding to the matter said that police headquarter is a public place and everyone is free to go there, “therefore it doesn’t require you to call members of public to escort you.”

Furthermore, Onyango said that the arrested persons will be charged with unlawful assembly and inciting violence.

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“However, Edward Ntale will be taken to court either today or tomorrow morning because he already has unsanctioned file,” he added.

The theme of the celebration is dubbed by the traders as “My Job, My Life”.

 

 

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