At least 11 people were arrested on the eve of President Yoweri Museveni swearing-in for his eighth elective term. Museveni took oath on May 12th at Kololo Independence Grounds after emerging winner of the January 14th presidential elections.
The army has handed over the suspects involved in throwing petrol
bombs in Kampala to the police force.
At least 11 people were arrested on the eve of President Yoweri Museveni
swearing-in for his eighth elective term. Museveni took oath on May 12th at
Kololo Independence Grounds after emerging winner of the January 14th
Ahead of Museveni swearing-in, several incidents of petrol bombs hurled at
private and government vehicles were registered in various parts of Kampala.
Petrol bombs were thrown in Ntinda, Kireka, Katwe, George Street, Nakulabye and
Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, Special Forces Command and Crime
Intelligence swung into action to hunt for petrol bomb culprits. The joint
operations and intelligence team on the night of May 11 apprehended eleven
people who have since been in custody without trial.
The suspects have been detained at CMI headquarters in Mbuya but have since
been handed over to police so that they can be prosecuted in courts of law.
Uganda Radio Network –URN has reliably been informed that the suspects were
received by Crime Intelligence commanded by Brig Chris Damulira and they are
currently detained at Special Investigations Division in Kireka.
Charles Twine, the Spokesperson for the Criminal Investigations Directorate
–CID, confirmed to URN that police detectives have started adding evidence
together so that the accused case files can be sent to the Directorate of
Asked on whether the holding charges of terrorism as earlier mentioned by
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, still stand, Twine said they will conclude on
charges to prefer against the suspects after being guided by the office of DPP.
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Although Enanga announced 11 suspects, sources said the number has since
increased to 15.
The four others allegedly attempted to set Kasubi royal tombs
ablaze on the night of May 15th.
However, ASP Twine said he does not have any information on
whether more suspects have been arrested.
Some of the suspects arrested during Museveni swearing-in include Evan Kiweewa,
Steven Mafabi, Richard Nyombi, Dan Kateregga, Yasin Machete, Gordon Sebagala,
Sam Kisakye and Ronald Mayiga.
Twine dismissed claims that the suspects were picked because of political
reasons. He insists that security agencies acted on intelligence. Twine adds
that police and its sister security agencies are not vagabonds to go on picking
whoever they come across without evidence.
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Petrol bombs have been thrown at Katwe police station, at Uganda Registration
Services Bureau –URSB at George Street in Kampala, at Prime Petrol Station at
Gayaza township and Lorris Petrol Station at Sekanyonyi in Mukono.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.