Tumukunde who arrived in Masindi from Buliisa district at 3pm was blocked by police led by the Masindi District Police commander Vincent Irama from holding a rally at Kijura market in Masindi town where he wanted to address the traders.
Police led by Irene Acheng, the Kikuube District Police Commander prevented Tumukunde from addressing rallies in all of the scheduled venues. He was scheduled to hold rallies at Buhimba, Kizirafumbi, Kabwoya and Katanga trading centers.
The suspects are believed to be the ring leaders who mobilized NUP supporters from various parts of Hoima City to block the Hoima-Fort Portal road who were protesting the arrest of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi wine, the President National Unity Platform-NUP.
Richard Seruggo, one of the passers-by who felt the wrath of teargas, says he was minding his business when he saw a police van throwing teargas. He says there was no chaos in the area and many people were going about their normal businesses.
Kabuleta, who was scheduled to hold his campaign rally at Masindi Booma grounds in Masindi town on Sunday, was received by hundreds of his supporters including Boda-Boda riders who met him at Kijura trading center, about 1 km away from Masindi town.
Luwero District Returning Officer Nathan Nabaasa asked candidates who intend to use outdoor megaphone community radios for their campaigns, to submit details about their activities to him, with a copy to the Police. Nabaasa also cautioned candidates against attracting crowds.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson says that by the time the police received the notification, it was too late to pursue the thugs. However, he adds, police personnel recovered two cartridges from the crime scene, and these were taken as exhibits as investigations into the matter continue.
They were found loading the drums and other materials used for road surfacing and roofing in a box body truck registration number UAA 830Y at Kitemuzi West cell in Mabaale town council. The loot is valued at 25 million Shillings.
The duo was arrested on Tuesday evening few minutes after they arrived in Hoima town ahead of the peaceful demonstration against the sale and destruction of Bugoma forest reserve situation in Kyangwali and Kabwoya sub counties in Kikuube district.
Supporters of both parties had converged at Duhaga Roundabout in Hoima West Division for a planning meeting ahead of the 2021 general elections. It is alleged that the meeting was going to be chaired by Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, the National Unity Platform Principal and champion of the People Power pressure group.
The NUP candidates had invited their party area coordinators to oversee the process. However, when they arrived at the polling stations, Electoral Commission officials asked them to remove the red masks and opt for non-partisan colours before accessing the polling centre.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, says the minor’s parents were attending a vigil in the neighborhood when fire gutted their grass thatched house. He says the parents were alerted by an alarm made by the neighbors.
It is alleged that Tumuramye together with others still at large raided Hoima Central Police Station on June 12, 2020, and stole a motorcycle registration number UEB703R belonging to Dickson Kaahwa of Kyamagiiga village in Buhimba sub-county.