Kampala, Uganda | THIS WEEK | On Sept 04, legislators – John Baptist Nambeshe of Manjiya Constituency, Pamela Kamugo Nasiyo the Budaka woman MP, Silas Aogon of Kumi municipality and David Abala of Ngora county were detained and later released after they led residents in a demonstration over the poor state of Mbale- Tirinyi – Kampala highway.
The MPs say the road has become a major contributor to accidents along the highway and that it usually breaks down during the rainy season whenever river Mpologoma floods.
To join angry residents, the legislators first beat the tightly guarded anti-riot police that had been staged on the road to stop them from proceeding by not using their official vehicles.
Later the police were alerted about the escape and swung into action by arresting them.
However after the incident, Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) spokesperson Mark Ssali said works will soon kick off. Earlier in the year the roads body terminated their contract with a construction company Dott Services that was rehabilitating the road over shoddy work.