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28 Suspects Arrested in Masaka, Rakai, Lwengo

According to Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson Muhammad Nsubuga, the suspects were arrested over the last five days. Some directly attacked their opponents while others destroyed election materials and participated in a post-election protests.
Police patroling the Lumbugu trading centre in Rakai district during elections

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Security teams in the Greater Masaka region are holding 28 people who are suspected to have masterminded or participated in different forms of violence during the presidential and parliamentary elections held last week.

According to Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson Muhammad Nsubuga, the suspects were arrested over the last five days. Some directly attacked their opponents while others destroyed election materials and participated in a post-election protests. 

Nsubuga says that 17 of them were arrested in Masaka, seven in Rakai and four in Lwengo Districts.  They are now held at police as investigations into the matter take shape.

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Last week, the police in Kyotera arrested more than 20 people who are said to have been hired to disorganise presidential, parliamentary and Local Government elections in the area. The group was intercepted in Kyotera town council while traveling in a Toyota Hiace Drone Reg. No. UAH 283J.

According to the Rtd. Maj. David Matovu, the Kyotera Resident District Commissioner, they received intelligence information about the group prior to the arrest.  

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There was a lot of controversy since the taxi was intercepted within a convoy of John Paul Mpalanyi, the Democratic Party candidate for the Kyotera County parliamentary seat.   But the suspects denied involvement in the election violence saying the army boots, found in their possession were planted to frame them.

However, the majority were released later without any charge.  According to Patrick Kintu Kisekulo, the Incumbent Kyotera Distyrict Chairman, the police were used to witch-hunt his supporters.

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