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NUP Supporters Still in Detention in Masaka, Kalangala

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.
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The 94 supporters of National Unity Platform-NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi who were arrested in Kalangala on Wednesday are still in detention.

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 Town Council.

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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.