Uganda RedCross Society volunteers look on as police officers try remove the tree logs protesters used to block the main road. 2 Photo by Samuel Nkuba
officers have released four journalists who were today arrested on the
campaign trail of the National Unity Platform-NUP presidential candidate
They were arrested with over one hundred NUP
supporters at Kigerekyanvubu forest, in Mugoye sub county, Kalangala where a road
block was erected.
journalists include; BBS TV' s Calton Scovia Nakamya, CBS's Emanduso reporter Silver
Ssemugenyi and Daily Monitor's Dennis Mubiru and
Derrick Wandera. They were released without any formal charges.
After her release Nakamya tweeted that "the crime I was accused of is giving updates."
journalists were arrested and detained at
Kalangala Central Police Station for close to two hours and only
released after Kyagulanyi was airlifted from Kalangala in a military
Some of the journalists have also decried mistreatment on the campaign trail by security officers in Kalangala. They include Hussein Dungu, a journalist at Radio Ssese, the only radio station in the district. Dungu says he was beaten by two military police officers at the station's main gate. He has sustained
injuries on his left arm and is currently receiving medical treatment.
On Sunday, some journalists were also beaten while covering Kyagulanyi's visit in Masaka. As a result, journalists and activists have condemned the brutality by security officers, and some journalists have now vowed to boycott security-related events until the perpetrators are punished.
Meanwhile,the NUP supporters and Kyagulanyi's advance team members are however still in police custody.
According to a statement from the Uganda Police Force, Kyagulanyi's campaign meetings in Kalangala District have been
blocked because he flouted measures to combat the spread of
the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Kyagulanyi was expected to
campaign today in Kyamuswa County areas including Kachanga- Kacungwa
in Mazinga Sub County, Kisaba, Namisoke and Misonzi and Kalangala Town
Council at Kaala Play ground.
He was however blocked in
Mugoye sub county, which is 20 kms away from the play ground and has
since been ejected from Kalangala.
police statement says Kyagulanyi was restrained, not arrested,
"for continuously holding massive rallies amidst the increased threats
of the Coronavirus in total disregard of the Electoral commission and
Ministry of health guidelines."
further explains that Kyagulanyi's advance team have been arrested
because they were "captured on CCTV cameras deflating tyres of
police motor vehicles, inciting violence, obstructing police officers
on duty, violating the health and safety protocols and various traffic
Meanwhile, security officers have been in running battles with protestors in
Kalangala Town Council. NUP supporters have staged protests in Kalangala
Town council. Security officers are firing live bullets
and tear gas canisters to disperse the protestors for the last one and