2 killed in Uganda unrest

September 11, 2009 12:00 am

, KAMPALA, Sep 11 – Riots rocked the Ugandan capital on Thursday, leaving two dead and several injured as protesters clashed with police over efforts to stop a visit by a traditional ruler.

Kampala police spokesman Henry Kalulu said two people were killed and several other injured.

He said one of the dead was a guard stoned to death by looters who wanted to raid a shop.

Police fired tear gas at protesters who burned tyres, blocked roads and torched a petrol station as shops closed and traffic came to a standstill.

"We have scattered them …, but now the demonstrators have moved to the suburbs," Kalulu said.

"We are following them and dispersing them."

Kalulu said police were battling small groups of protesters late Thursday.

The protesters, from the Baganda tribe, which is the majority in central Uganda, have been angered by government efforts to stop their ruler Ronald Muwenda Mutebi visiting Kayunga county, north of Kampala, where violence was feared.

Ethnic Baganda MPs walked out of parliament in protest over the issue on Wednesday.

The traditional king holds a ceremonial position but also wields political influence.

The government shut down a radio station owned by the Baganda kingdom accusing it of engaging in "sectarian acts".


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