of former New Vision journalist and pastor of Watchman Ministries, Joseph
Kabuleta stormed the Special Investigations Division (SIU) headquarters in
Kireka this morning demanding his release.
was picked up by plain cloth detectives ahead of his Friday evening fellowship last
week at UMA show grounds in Kampala.
He has since been locked
up at the Special Investigations Division (SIU)
headquarters in Kireka on charges of offensive communication in regards to his Facebook
post “Kabuleta’s weekly rants” in which he reportedly referred to the President
as a Liar, Thief and Gambler.
However, Kabuleta is yet to appear court since his arrest on Friday
evening. Police are required to produce suspects in court within 48 hours from
arrest. The continued detention of Kabuleta has riled his supporters and
members of his church.
This morning, more
than 40 people donning T-shirts with the
inscription Free Kabuleta “Freedom of Expression Online” stormed SIU in
Kireka demanding his immediate release.
The team that started converging at SIU
from 8:30am pitched camp at the entrance and started exchanging words with
only allowed in a team of lawyers led by Daniel Walyemera to access Kabuleta
and ordered the remaining group to wait from somewhere else.
unfolded when the group enclosed the place immediately before the Police unit
and started fellow-shipping as they demanded for Kabuleta’s release.
chanted Free JK prompting the deployment of Anti-riot Police and Local Defense
Unit. Police tried in vain to
negotiate with the protesters to vacate the area, saying they don’t have
permission to assemble.
Evelyn Kasiri, one of
the protestors told URN all they want are answers from Police on why Kabuleta
is still locked up beyond the mandatory 48 hours without appearing before
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Abraham Mirembe, one of the leaders of the Watchman
Ministries, accused police of denying Kabuleta access to his expectant wife,
Doctor and lawyers in disregard of his rights.
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The Officer in Charge of Kireka, Desteo Ahumuza who led the
operation against the protestors, said they don’t know the intentions of the
group, whose numbers kept increasing.
He told the protesters that Kabuleta
would be arraigned in court but didn’t specify when.