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Kyagulanyi's Arrest: Police Battles NUP Supporters in Masaka

The protests were sparked off mechanics in Nyendo town; a suburb of Masaka city who blocked the main road with burning car-tyres and logs, before paralyzing traffic flow, promoting security to intervene.
Security Anti-Riot Machinery rushing to Nyendo in Masaka to respond to growing protests
Security personnel have been deployed in Masaka town to foil demonstrations by supporters of the National Unity Platform-NUP who are protesting the arrest of their Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

  The protests started after information circulated that Kyagulanyi had been arrested while on his campaign tour in Luuka district.

  The protests were sparked off by mechanics in Nyendo town; a suburb of Masaka city who blocked the main road with burning car-tyres and logs, before paralyzing traffic flow, promoting security to intervene.  

  Security personnel comprised of anti-riot police personnel and the army were hurriedly deployed in the area, but the running battles between them and the rowdy protestors intensified.

  Police are currently firing teargas and rubber bullets to contain the protests that have spread to many parts of Masaka town.  

Police have sealed off homes of the some NUP leaders in the area, who include Masaka Municipality Member of Parliament Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba, Florence Namayanja the MP Bukoto East among others. 

  Muhammad Nsubuga, the greater Masaka regional Police Spokesperson says that they are working around the clock to restore order in the area. 

  He indicates that the security is ready to respond to situations that may destabilize the area, warning that they arrest and prosecute the culprits. 

  According to the Electoral Commission campaign schedule, Kyagulanyi is expected to campaign in Kalungu and Masaka.