Man set to set himself ablaze at Statehouse arrested

The police in Kampala are holding a young man for allegedly trying to set himself ablaze.

The man identified as Gerald Kato tried to take his life this morning at the gate of State House Nakasero.

Fred Enanga Public Relations Officer at Uganda Police Force, addressing journalists during a press conference at their head offices in Kampala yesterday. He said that all accredited observers will be required to strictly observe the law and guidelines for  the elections, scheduled in Luwero for Thursday 22. PHOTO BY RACHEAL AJWANG

According to the police spokesperson Fred Enanga, the suspect had a mattress, a five liter jerry can full of petrol.

He explained that Kato wanted to express his dissatisfaction with the high unemployment rate and the biting poverty affecting many Uganda.

Enanga says the suspect faces charges of criminal trespass.