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16 More Arrested in Kyotera over Protests

Muhammad Nsubuga, the Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson, says that 16 suspects were picked from their homes and hideouts on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
A plain-cloth detective dragging one of the protest ring-leaders to Kyotera police station.

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Police in Kyotera District has arrested more people for allegedly participating in last week’s protests.

The protests followed the arrest of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the National Unity Platform (NUP) leader in Luuka District on Wednesday.

Muhammad Nsubuga, the Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson, says that 16 suspects were picked from their homes and hideouts on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Nsubuga says that their files have already been sanctioned and are expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

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According to Nsubuga, they have stepped up security to combat organized crime in the district mostly involving youths. Nsubuga explains that the majority of suspects are youths.

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Last week 60 suspects were arrested and at least 36 people remanded to Ssaza Government Prison in Masaka district for allegedly taking part in the protests. The rest were screened and released on police bond.

Maj. David Matovu, the Resident District Commissioner Kyotera, says that they are on high alert to contain any further protests in the area.

Police and UPDF soldiers continue to patrol the streets.