Emmy Ngabirano, Kanungu Deputy Resident District Commissioner says that security responded after receiving information that the supporters travelled at night to Kihihi yet they are supposed to abide by Curfew directive.
Eleven supporters of National Unity Platform (NUP) have been arrested allegedly flouting COVID-19 guidelines and illegal assembly.
The suspects being held at Kanungu Police Station were
arrested on Saturday at Equator pub located along Barageine street in Kihihi
town council, Kanungu district.
suspects include eight men and three ladies.
The suspects are said to have arrived in Kihihi town council
in the wee hours of Saturday morning at around 3am before they pitched camp at Equator pub
and started drinking up to around 9am. Later the group reportedly started mobilizing
boda boda riders and other people spreading the message of people power.
They also started distributing umbrellas, flags and T-shirts bearing NUP and People Power symbols.
Police at around mid-day
cordoned off the street and arrested all of them. Police also dispersed boda
boda riders and other locals that had been mobilized.
Emmy Ngabirano, Kanungu Deputy Resident District Commissioner
says that security responded after receiving information that the supporters traveled
at night to Kihihi yet they are supposed to abide by the curfew directive.
Ngabirano also says that the supporters who are all from
Kampala were putting locals’ lives at risk by mobilizing at a street where a
COVID-19 positive patient was picked on Friday evening.
He also wonders why they did not have clearance
from security so that they are guided.
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Julius Tugumenawe, Kanungu District Police Commander
declined to reveal identities of the suspects but said that they are being
interrogated. He referred our reporter to Elly Maate, Kigezi Region Police
Spokesperson for details.