Multitudes of youths have taken to the streets to challenge the arrest of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, who was arrested early today, alongside Bugiri Municipality Member of parliament Asuman Basalirwa, Kawempe North MP Latif Ssebaggala, Tonny Ssempebwa, the Kasangati LC III Chairperson and one Waiswa Mufumbira.
between security forces and people power enthusiasts has paralyzed business and
transport along Gayaza road in Kasangati Town Council, Wakiso District.
Multitudes of youths
have taken to the streets to challenge the arrest of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi
Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, who was arrested early today, alongside Bugiri
Municipality Member of parliament Asuman Basalirwa, Kawempe North MP Latif Ssebaggala,
Tonny Ssempebwa, the Kasangati LC III Chairperson and one Waiswa Mufumbira.
At the time of
their arrest, they were moving to our lady of good counsel, Gayaza Playground where
Kyagulanyi was due to address a rally and launch consultations for his
presidential bid. They are now detained at Kasangati Police Station.
Tension is now
mounting in Kasangati, as the numbers of demonstrators grow big minute by
minute. The anti-riot police, reinforced with Local Defence Unit Personnel, are
now at work, battling demonstrators who have blocked the roads with bonfires,
heaps of garbage and stones. Their demonstrations are blown up with songs of
praises for Bobi Wine and People Power Slogans.
forces are using teargas and live bullets to disperse the rowdy youths. Some of
them have been arrested in the process. Edward
Kayongo, one of the demonstrating youths armed with stones, noted that they
will demonstrate until Bobi Wine is released and allowed to hold is
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in; “badikiriza omusajja…
the battle rages on, travelers plying the Gayaza road route have also fallen
prey to circumstances, some of them sustaining injuries from stones pelted into
their vehicles by the rioting youths. Most of those whose vehicles have been
smashed had ignored calls to abandon the vehicles and join the ‘struggle’
“Get off and
fight! you either with us or with them. get out and fight,” chatted the youth
as they pelted stones of the vehicles before police officers went after them.
Wine had received a green light from the Electoral Commission to carry out
nationwide consultations as section III of the Presidential Elections Act,
police insist that the legislator has not yet fulfilled several requirements
provided for in the Public Order Management Act.
spokesperson Fred Enanga says that unlike other political parties like Forum
for Democratic Change-FDC and Alliance for National Transformation-ANT who have
carried out their meeting indoors, Kyagulanyi is instead planning to hold them
in open places.
intends to carry o consultations in Wakiso, Gulu, Lira, Adjumani, Yumbe, Arua
districts in the first round. However, the managements of some venues have
since called off reservations by the People Power movement allegedly after
being raided by security.