Twenty-seven National Unity Platform-NUP
supporters who were arrested during the campaign of their presidential
candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu in Kalangala district on December 30,
2020 are out on police bond.
Although none of the NUP supporters was charged,
they were required to present two sureties from Kalangala district.
They were directed to report to Kalangala police station on
January 12, 2021. The 27 suspects were picked up together with 94 others including the advance team of Kyagulanyi.
suspects were natives of the islands district while 57 were from other parts of
the country. According to Kalangala police, some of the
suspects were transferred to Masaka Regional Central Police Station. The remaining
group was expected to appear before the Kalangala Grade One Magistrate on
Tuesday in vain.
However, they were released shortly after the
arrival of the Works and Transport Minister, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala who is
also a native of Kalangala district. Katumba told URN that the suspects were
released because they had no case to answer.
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Richard Kabanda Kiggundu, one of the residents has condemned
the arrest and subsequent detention of the suspects, saying his sister Sarah Nakabanda
was on her way home when she was arrested.
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Ronald Lwanga, the Kalangala District NUP Registrar has asked
police to exercise fairness while arresting Ugandans.
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Kalangala District Police Commander declined to comment on
the release of the NUP suspects and instead referred our reporter to the Masaka
Regional Police Spokesperson Muhamad Nsubuga, who was not available for comment
by the time of filing this story.