The three were arrested shortly after addressing the NUP joint campaign rally at Kawoko Play grounds in Butenga sub county, which police eventually dispersed with teargas and live bullets.
Abdul Ssentamu (C) the NUP supporter who was arrested allegedly abusing President Museveni at a rally
Three National Unity Platform-NUP supporters who were arrested for
allegedly insulting President Yoweri Museveni at a campaign rally in Bukomansimbi
district have been released on police bond.
The suspects are Alex Ssempijja, Fred Kalanzi and Abdul Ssentamu,
who recently defected from the National Resistance Movement- NRM, party.
They were arrested on Friday shortly after addressing the NUP joint campaign
rally at Kawoko Playgrounds in Butenga Sub County, which police eventually
dispersed with teargas and live bullets.
The suspects according to Sowedi Manisuri, the Bukomansimbi
District Police Commander, allegedly insulted President Museveni
and the State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi
who is also NRM flagbearer for Bukomansimbi Woman MP seat.
The suspects are also facing charges of assault and blocking police
officers while they executed their lawful duties.
According to the police
statement of offence recorded by Manusuri; the District Police Commander, three
police officers including him were injured by stones that were pelted by NUP supporters who attended the campaign rally.
Muhammad Nsubuga, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Commander
says they have granted temporary release to the suspects as they continue investigations into the case.
He has also cautioned politicians to desist from using bad language in the
campaigns, arguing that police will not hesitate to arrest and cause the prosecution
of anybody found using hate speech.
But Fred Kayiira Nyenje, the NUP flag bearer in the race for
Bukomansimbi LCV seat says that the police should not persecute
opposition politicians in the area.
“We have usually followed the regulations that are given to us, but our
concern is that the police keep on changing and most likely to reduce the space
of opposition politicians,” he says.
He alleges that suspects were arrested on orders of some NRM leaders in the
area who accused them on defecting to the opposition.