JINJA – The Police authority in Jinja City is still puzzled after, yet to be identified people dropped leaflets and petrol bombs along different streets in Southern division on Tuesday afternoon.
The suspects who were dressed in hoods and masks are said to have dropped the leaflets and petrol bombs along Main Street, Ghokhale Road and Obote Way; as they rode numberless motorcycles.
The leaflets carried messages denouncing President Yoweri Museveni’s election victory.
“Tajja Layira (No swearing in.) We need our victory,” read, some of the printed messages on the leaflets, according police sources in Jinja, who added that the perpetrators, who also threw plastic mineral water bottles containing petrol in packed sacks comprising old tires, were in their youth age.
Eye witnesses said they alerted the police on hearing a big blast along the Main Street.
“We saw the burning sack being dropped in the middle of the road and most of us were thinking that its’ the usual garbage protests within the city.
“However, about 20 minutes later, the sack kept on releasing big blasts. So we alerted police,” explained Noor Mubeezi – a shop owner, along the Main Street, in the heart of the city.
Vendors along Obote Way said the incident, where motorists disguised as bodaboda caught them unawares after the ‘dropped luggage,’ attracted little attention until some courageous men amongst them approached it.
“Most new motorcycles don’t have number plates and when we saw youth dropping a sack along the roadsides. We thought that it is luggage for their passengers.
“However, moments later, we decided to untie the sacks only to discover old tires, bottles of petrol and an unspecified number of leaflets,” said one of the vendors.
ASP Abbey Ngako – the Kiira Region police spokesperson said they had recovered some exhibits from different areas, adding that efforts were underway to track down the suspects.
UPDF Spokesperson Brig Gen. Flavia Byekwaso said on Monday – during a joint security briefing that their intelligence had landed on vital information leading to planned protests against President Museveni’s swearing in ceremony for a sixth term of office.
President Museveni, who won another of office during the January general elections, will be sworn-in on May 12.