21 September 2017

Uganda: Age Limit - Protesters Burn Coffin in Lira

Photo: Alex Esagala/Daily Monitor
Security officers deployed at the main gate of Parliament.

Lira — Unknown people believed to be against lifting of age limit on Thursday morning burnt a coffin in front of Lira Main market in Lira Town before fleeing the scene.

The head of security in Lira also the area Resident District Commissioner, Mr Robert Abak, confirmed the development.

"We do not know their motives but we have launched investigations into the incident to understand their motives," the RDC told this reporter.

Eyewitnesses said the group allegedly commanded by a woman appeared very organised and smart.

"They were using two vehicles. People in the first vehicle offloaded two tyres, poured petrol on the tyres before burning them using a matchbox. Then those in the second vehicle removed the coffin and dumped on the fire, and that is how they disappeared," said a boda boda who preferred anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue before hand.

Another boda boda operator said when the group arrived, they started blowing a whistle. "We did not know what was happening. They were using vehicles and motorcycles," he said.

When the police and the Lira Resident District Commissioner arrived at the scene, they only found ashes at the scene, an army officer said.

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