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A match between Mututa and Lutsekhe clans at Bududa Boma grounds in Bududa district aborted prematurely on Sunday following a Police raid. The two teams were competing in the Bamasaaba Bikuka Tournament organised by the Bamasaba Cultural Institution.

All was well until, John Baptist Nambeshe, the Manjiya county Member of parliament arrived at Booma grounds to boost Mututa clan, which is in his constituency.

Nambeshe was accompanied by Theodore Sekikubo, the Lwemiyaga county MP and his Buyaga West counterpart, Barnabas Tinkasimire. The arrival of the MPs excited the spectators who abandoned the match to welcome the MPs.

Both the police and organizers of the match attempted to control the fans to allow the match to continue in vain. As a result, Police started firing teargas prompting the football fans to run to Bududa trading centre.

They regrouped and returned with stones and sticks to confront the officers leading to running battles. The Bududa District Police Commander, Esther Adele ordered his men to stop firing tear gas and asked the organizers of the tournament to reorganize the fans to allow the match to continue.

The football fans accused police of firing teargas, which disrupted their match. Patrick Masaba, a resident of Bududa town council expressed disappointment, saying there was no need for police to fire teargas.

SOURCES: URN

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