More than 30 people were been arrested since Wednesday when protests erupted following news of the arrest of NUP Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, who is accused of defying guidelines put in place by the Electoral Commission and the Ministry of Health on controlling the spread of COVID-19, during campaigns.
John Baptist Wamala the head of mobilisers in Mukono municipality says that they fear to be attacked by angry NUP supporters. Wamala wants the government not to be selective in enforcing the covid-19 guidelines during campaigns.
The angry supporters blocked the Kampala-Jinja road in Mukono Central town using burnt car tyres. Some supporters were also seen defacing posters of candidates belonging to the National Resistance Movement-NRM and setting them ablaze.
Peter Ddamulira, a resident at Mukono appeals to police to change the way they handle suspects. “So many people get arrested but they are not charged. They instead coerced to bribe their way out,” he said.
Haji Kamada Ddamba, the Namyoya LC I Chairperson, says residents have been spending sleepless nights to keep watch of their animals. He says some of the residents had almost given up on rearing animals and languishing in poverty because of livestock thieves.
The Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson, Luke Owesigire, says the operation was prompted by reports implicating people in the affected areas for selling and smoking drugs.
“Information was received by the top commanders of Mukono Police Divisional Headquarters indicating that there are persons who had made it a daily routine to smoke opium and open bars at Benghazi-Wantoni and Nasuuti areas. Management agreed that an operation be conducted to curb the criminality in those areas, which was done today,” he said.
Ritah Nakandi, the Infection Prevention and Control-IPC Focal Person at Mukono General Hospital, says they have severally appealed to the authorities to provide them with sufficient PPE and other related requirements in vain.
The vendors staged demos at 3 points in the market, burning tyres in the middle of the road and blocking vehicles that tend to opt for the route as a way of beating the traffic on the Kampala- Jinja highway.
According to Kibuule, he is dedicated to serving the party and supporting the official candidates. He says the party is currently undertaking the reconciliation process and asks members to be mindful about fellows who are against such peaceful movements.
The task force will be operating under the Mukono district task force to ensure implementation of spacing guidelines within working areas, the availability of sanitizing and handwashing stations, use of temperature guns and fumigation of busy places.
They had also formed committees of leaders registering the beneficiaries. But police raided the area early today and started hunting down all people who had illegally taken over the land. Business came to a standstill as forces pursued the encroachers in the areas of Bagaala, Gwafu and Nantaburirwa zones in Goma Division.
Mike Ssempereza, a resident at Seeta and one of the land beneficiaries noted that about two weeks back a team of about 100 unknown people cut down the trees. He says that the same group turned up today to partitioning the plots, yet their attempts to demand answers on where the team got the powers to take over the land remained futile.
Police Superintendent Onyango says that after systematic examination of the scene, different drops of blood were spotted and followed, heading to Kigagga zone where another dead body of Katende was found with multiple cuts
According to the Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Oweyesigire, the three suspects hired Batte to drive them to Bajjo village in Ggoma but turned against him along the way, strangled and stabbed the victim five times on the head and three times on the right hand.