Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network the suspects attacked and destroyed two vehicles belonging to Mugasa’s camp. They smashed the windscreens of both vehicles.
The suspects whose identities have been concealed by police for fear of jeopardizing investigations were arrested on Wednesday night following an operation conducted by joint security operatives comprising of the police and the Uganda peoples defense forces-UPDF.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says the four who he declined to divulge their details for fear of jeopardizing police investigations were arrested this morning from their hideout.
Samuel Kisembo, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner-RDC told Uganda Radio Network on phone that the suspects were caught red-handed distributing salt soap, sugar and cash to voters.
He says they received intelligence that the suspects were bribing voters under the command Barnabas Tinkasiimire, the Buyaga West County Member of Parliament and People Power Movement coordinator for Bunyoro region.
Detectives were surprised on Sunday morning when they went to conduct an early morning cell check and discovered that all the suspects were missing. The suspects were facing charges of murder and robbery.
In a letter dated April 10, 2019, signed by Gaster Mugoya Kyawa, the Committee Chairperson, the MPs note that the four juveniles were wrongly being detained at Hoima government prison together with adult inmates.
The suspects were picked up on February 13, 2019 in a joint operation involving Police, Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers and sister security agencies led by Twaha Etiima, the Hoima District Police Commander.
The suspects are alleged to have spearheaded the protests that paralyzed traffic for several hours along the Hoima Fort portal road in Hoima town. They allegedly blocked the road using logs, Bricks, old Vehicle tyres and stones.
Kigezi Region Police spokesperson Elly Maate says that police patrol intercepted the suspects and detained them since they had no permits to transport animals from one place to another. The suspects are being held at Kabale Police station for questioning.