For the second time two days, defeated Presidential candidates Olara Otunnu and Samuel Walter Lubega’s planned riots ended prematurely after police dispersed protesters in Jinja on Friday.

The protests come a day after the first ones were halted in Kampala on Thursday.
The Jinja protests were called in support of Robert Kanusu’s candidature for Jinja District chairmanship who claims the NRM candidate, Frederick Ngobi Gume was favoured.

In the ensuing chaos, Mr Kanusu sustained injuries on his right leg as he tried to get into a train wagon at Kazimingi. The extent of the injury was, not immediately clear and efforts to reach him after the riots were unproductive as his phone number was switched off.

Business was interrupted briefly in the town as traders locked up their shops.
The trio, together with hundreds of sympathizers demanding the recount of votes for the LCV chairmanship polls, chanted slogans dismissing the Electoral Commission which they accused of overturning the actual results.

Jinja Disrict Police Commissioner, Mr Jonathan Musinguzi, who was commanding the operation, said he had earlier warned the public to ignore calls by politicians to take to the streets.

“We could not heed to the demands of disgruntled politicians who are fighting selfish wars and have failed to comply with the law of the land; the only option is to rap them up before they infect others,” he said adding that the police would continue to be on the for “any hooligans” who would cause any further chaos.

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