The supporters were arrested while on the campaign trail with Kyagulanyi. Muhammad Nsubuga, the Acting Police spokesperson Greater Masaka Region, says of the 94 suspects, 50 are currently detained at Masaka Central Police Station and the others at Kalangala Central Police Station.
The 94 supporters of National Unity Platform-NUP presidential
candidate Robert Kyagulanyi who were arrested in Kalangala on Wednesday are still
The supporters were arrested while on the campaign trail with Kyagulanyi. Muhammad
Nsubuga, the Acting Police spokesperson Greater Masaka Region, says of the 94
suspects, 50 are currently detained at Masaka Central Police Station and the
others at Kalangala Central Police Station.
Nsubuga says that suspects will be charged with inciting violence,
flouting measures to combat the spread of coronavirus (COV1D-19) while some are
accused of deflating tyres of police vehicles. He adds that police officers are
compiling their files and will then be submitted to the state.
On Wednesday, the police issued a statement indicating that
Kyagulanyi's supporters were captured on CCTV cameras deflating tyres of
police motor vehicles, inciting violence, obstructing police officers on duty,
violating the health and safety protocols and various traffic offences."
Police claimed that Kyagulanyi’s campaign meetings in
Kalangala District were blocked because "for continuously holding massive
rallies amidst the increased threats of the Coronavirus in total disregard of
the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health guidelines.
Kyagulanyi was expected to campaign in Kyamuswa County areas
including Kachanga- Kacungwa in Mazinga Sub County, Kisaba, Namisoke and
Misonzi and Kalangala Town Council at Kaala Playground.
Last night, NUP leaders and flag bearers led by Rajab Ssemakula
and Hellen Nakimuli stormed Kalangala Central Police Station demanding for
the release of their supporters in vain.
Ssemakula says that the party leaders had agreed with police on
Tuesday that supporters would gather at the various campaign venues. However,
he says most of the supporters, except the advance team, were arrested as they
made their way to Kaala Playground, where Kyagulanyi would campaign in Kalangala
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Meanwhile business has returned to normal in Kalangala Town Council.
On Wednesday, the police were engaged in running battles with Kyagulanyi's
crowds who were protesting the blocking of his campaigns. Several traders closed their shops in anticipation of violence.