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Bobi Wine’s Arrest Sparks off Protests in Kampala

The arrest of National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi has sparked off sporadic protests across different cities in the country.

Kyagulanyi was arrested from Luuka district headquarters in eastern Uganda by police officers led by Frank Mwesigwa while addressing a mini rally. Kyagulanyi was detained at Nalufenya police station in neighbouring Jinja city.

According to the Electoral Commission campaign program, Kyagulanyi was meant to campaign in Luuka, Kamuli and Buyende districts. Kyagulanyi was arrested alongside two journalists namely; Ashiraf Kasirye from Ghetto TV and Samuel Balikowa who is attached to City FM radio for allegedly interfering with police duties.

Following his arrest, protests broke out in Jinja, Kampala, Masaka, Hoima, Gulu with the NUP supporters lighting old car tyres and blocking major roads in the cities. In Kampala, police have been battling NUP supporters in Kiseka and Nasser road since around 12.30 pm. NTV has reported that its recording equipment has been confiscated from downtown Kampala as their reporters covered the protests.

In Mulago and Kubiri, police has been engaged in running battles with the protestors for the better part of the afternoon. Prior to his arrest, police used teargas to disperse thousands of Kyagulanyi’s supporters who had converged at the district headquarters. Police officers were later seen battering journalists who were taking photos of Kyagulanyi’s arrest.

Following his arrest, Kyagulanyi’s supporters attempted to storm Nalufenya police station to free their candidate only to be dispersed using teargas. Two unidentified NUP supporters were also arrested and detained at Nalufenya police station. Police have sealed off the old bridge and blocked traffic from passing near Nalufenya police station.

Moses Bigirwa, the Kamuli NUP coordinator told journalists that police are yet to reveal the reasons for arresting their candidate. Police are still tightlipped on the circumstances surrounding Kyagulanyi’s arrest.




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