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Landlord Detained for Hosting Prohibited Meeting :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Landlord Detained for Hosting Prohibited Meeting

Onyango declined to confirm whether or not the six were arrested for political reasons insisting that their meeting wasn’t authorized by police. He says after arresting the suspects, police recovered red berets and red overalls, which are synonymous with People Power activists.
SP Patrick Onyango- KMP PRO

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Police are holding Alex Besigye; a landlord from Kabalagala in Makindye Division in Kampala for allegedly hosting a prohibited meeting. Katwe police accuses Besigye of hosting five people discussing political demonstrations in Kampala.   The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, identifies those who participated in the meeting as Hassan Katende, Derrick Nyeko, Robert Kwesigwa, Hakim Mugerwa and Sowali Nampala.

“Besigye and these members defied our notice not to go ahead with their planned meeting. This country is governed by laws and must be respected,” Onyango said. According to Onyango, police picked up Besigye and thereafter traced for his accomplices who were also apprehended. 

Besigye’s neighbors say the suspects are affiliated to the People Power movement led by the Kyadondo East MP, Robert Sentamu Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine. Onyango declined to confirm whether or not the six were arrested for political reasons insisting that their meeting wasn’t authorized by police. 

He says after arresting the suspects, police recovered red berets and red overalls, which are synonymous with People Power activists. The arrest of the suspects comes a few days after the army gazzeted the red beret as part of the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF attire. 

It all started last week when Major. Gen. Charles Otema, the commander of Reserve Forces told crime preventers that they would arrest whoever is found using the red berets. Defense Minister, Adolf Mwesigye later told the media that red beret had been gazzeted alongside other berets as UPDF uniforms on September 18, 2019. The minister said wearing red berets contravenes Section 119 (1) of the UPDF Act 2005.

It stipulates that every person, not otherwise subject to military law, who is found in unlawful possession of (equipment ordinarily being the monopoly of the defense forces and other classified stores as prescribed, is subject to military law and can be tried in military courts as appropriate. The offence carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment on conviction.

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