Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson, told Uganda Radio Network in an interview on Thursday that the students and staff were released on Wednesday evening. He said that the suspects were charged with inciting violence and malicious damage as the students stoned and smashed windows of the Hoima City central police station during the protests.
They were arrested on Wednesday on the orders of Peter Ogwang, the State Minister for Economic Monitoring in the Office of the President for corruption and negligence of duties.
The others are Deogratius Byakagaba, the district Education officer and Hillary Agondeze, the district water Engineer.
Sgt. Joyce Alioro reportedly released a prime suspect irregularly on Saturday after a burglary and theft offence at Kapuat Primary School in Napak district where thieves stole 58 mattresses and other property kept by the pupils at the school when schools closed for due to covid-19 pandemic.
The move follows a directive issued by President Yoweri Museveni during the Heroes Day Celebration on June 9, for investigations into the reported thefts. The matter had been brought to the President’s attention by Hajji Edris Sseddunga, the chairperson of the Uganda War Veterans Association.
On Tuesday, over 1,800 students led by their Guild President, Ernest Ayen staged a strike protesting the poor sanitary conditions at the college, lack of practical lessons and lack of value for the high tuition charged at the college.
Tony Ssempebwa was arrested on Tuesday in Duhaga cell Kahoora division Hoima Municipality near the Hoima Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party offices for allegedly campaigning using a government vehicle.