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35 Remanded over Kyagulanyi Protests in Luwero

On Tuesday, 35 supporters of Kyagulanyi from Luwero and Wobulenzi towns appeared before Luwero Chief Magistrate Samuel Munobe where they were charged with common nuisance and disobeying unlawful orders.

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The Luwero Chief Magistrate Court has remanded 35 supporters of National Unity Platform Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu to Kitalya prison for participating in violent protests.

Protests broke up on Wednesday last week in Luwero after the arrest and detention of National Unity Platform Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.  Since then Police has arrested over 50 supporters over the violent protests. 

On Tuesday, 35 supporters of Kyagulanyi from Luwero and Wobulenzi towns appeared before Luwero Chief Magistrate Samuel Munobe where they were charged with common nuisance and disobeying unlawful orders.

Munobe didn’t allow them to apply for bail and remanded them to Kitalya Prison until 2nd December when they return for application. However, 15 other supporters remain under Police custody at Luwero Central Police Station.

Isah Ssemwogerere the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson says that they are waiting for the suspects’ file to be sanctioned by the Director of Public Prosecution to transfer them to Court.

Ssemogerere adds that Police is also hunting for more supporters who participated in riots to answer for the criminal charges.

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Erasto Kibirango of Wetaka and Kibirango Company Advocates says that he has got information that Police is preferring to charge serious criminal offences against the 15 other still under cells although they lack evidence to pin them.

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URN  Reporter has learnt that Police is preferring arson charges against some of 15 suspects still under detention for allegedly participating in burning Wobulenzi Grade One Magistrate Court.

Rose Gwokyala and Yuda Genza all residents of Wapamba zone in Wobulenzi have condemned the arrest of their children saying they were picked from homes, not in protests.

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Meanwhile, Sarah Langa Siu, the Chief Registrar of Judiciary has paid a visit to Wobulenzi Grade One Magistrate Court which was burnt by protestors and promised that it will be refurbished and resumes its operations soon.

On Tuesday morning Security Officers including District Police Commanders, District Internal Security Officers, and Resident District Commissioners have met at Luwero district headquarters where they discussed how to police Kyagulanyi campaigns in the area.

Kyagulanyi is expected to campaign in the Greater Luwero districts on Saturday.

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