Nsongambi was arrested during a police operation conducted in Bugembe ward to close down all shops dealing in red berets and other military-related materials which are a preserve of the security forces.
Saul Nsongambi, the Jinja city National Unity platform-NUP coordinator, courtesy photo.
The Jinja City National Unity Platform- NUP coordinator, Saul
Nsongambi has been arrested for donning a red beret.
Nsongambi was arrested during a police operation conducted in Bugembe ward to
close down all shops dealing in red berets and other military-related materials
which are a preserve of the security forces.
The suspect is also faulted of sponsoring the manufacture of red berets and
freely distributing them to his supporters.
Paul Isabirye, the NUP coordinator in Walukuba ward says that police officers
were seen raiding shops owned by campaign material dealers before arresting
"They raided several
shops manufacturing campaign materials throughout the different parts of the
city before zeroing on arresting our leader who was relaxed at his home in
Bugembe," he says.
Meanwhile, Abbey Ngako, the Kiira region police spokesperson confirms that
Nsongambi was arrested and detained at Jinja central police station but
declines to divulge into details arguing that, they are yet to compile a full
report on the same.
Earlier in the day, police officers rounded off NUP offices located along Main Street
in Jinja city, searched it and left with undisclosed items which they later
alleged were military outfits but declined to parade them before the press.
Last week, security personnel raided the NUP head offices in
Kampala and several shops in different parts of Kampala where they recovered
NUP branding materials including T-shirts and red berets.
The police and the army said that it was illegal for civilians to
wear berets, matching outfits, insignia, camouflage fatigues and boots similar
to those of armed forces.
Wednesday, the government warned all media houses against hosting politicians
and guests who don the ‘People Power’ red berets while on air.
directive was issued by the government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo in a meeting
with media owners under their association of the National Association of