Security authorities in Masaka have blocked a beauty pageant organized by Muteesa 1 Royal University, an institution affiliated to the kingdom of Buganda.
The contest to select this year’s miss University was to take place at Ambiance Discotheque where former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was expected to grace the occasion as a chief guest.
However, Masaka district security committee deployed heavily at the Club located at Katwe along Masaka Hospital Drive and warned that the club risked closure if the event is held.
Security operatives led by Linos Ngompek, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner hinted that the choice for the chief guest was unthought-of.
Ngompek says Mbabazi has unresolved issues with security circles.
According to Ngompek, by inviting Mbabazi as guest of honor, the University Guild had turned the contest into a political event.
Henry Busulwa, the Manager of Ambiance Discotheque says they decided to cancel the contest for security reasons. He says their boss Joseph Kiyimba called them and asked them to bar the organizers of the contest from accessing the club.
Jesse Lumu, the Chairperson Organizing committee says the cancellation of the event has now ignited a riot by the frustrated students. A security team led by the Anti-riot police is patrolling the municipality to prevent a violent outcome.
Besides the cancellation also comes with financial implications for the guild and the participants who had invested heavily to ensure that the event is successful, he adds. They had bought a motor cycle for the winner at a cost of Ugx 3million. They had also paid service providers and the judges in advance.
Noah Sserunjogi, the Greater Masaka Police Spokesperson says police is alert should there be any outbreak of violence.