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Opposition Leaders in Kabale Storm Police Station Demanding Release of NUP Supporter

Katebire was arrested by police on Tuesday for allegedly accusing Brian Amperire, the Kabale District Police Commander and Darius Nandiinda, Kabale Resident District Commissioner of confiscating posters of NUP presidential aspirant, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi
09 Dec 2020 17:52
Oppostion leaders meeting Kabale DPC,Brian Ampeire (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)

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Leaders of opposition political parties in greater Kabale on Wednesday stormed Kabale central police station demanding for the unconditional release of National Unity Platform (NUP) Kigezi General Secretary Derrick Kateebire Mugyesera.

Katebire was arrested by police on Tuesday for allegedly accusing Brian Amperire, the Kabale District Police Commander and Darius Nandiinda, Kabale Resident District Commissioner of confiscating posters of NUP presidential aspirant, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi that were plastered at Kisoro taxi park commonly known as Esso in Kabale town.

Katebire was picked from Garage Street with posters reading “We want our banner you stole from Esso Lorry Park”. “Kabale RDC and DPC stop harassing Coordinator Katebire.” As NUP; we are ready to secure the future ourselves,”

However, his arrest has left some of the opposition leaders angry accusing police of harassing him.  Opposition leaders who stormed police include, Julius Tituryebwa, the Kabale District Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Special Mobiliser in Charge of Youth, Wilkins Arineitwe, Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) greater Kabale chairman, Martin Rumanzi Rukiga district LCV UPC flag bearer, Conrad Kimonge, FDC Councillor for Lower Bugongi in Kabale municipality and Gideon Tumwesigye Kabale district FDC Vice Chairman among others.

Titutyebwa says that their decision to storm the police station is to show solidarity for their colleague.

Tityebwa says that Katebire should be released because there is no case he has committed.

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Arinetwe says that police should either release him or take him to court.

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Ampeire argued that there is no reason to demand for the rerelease of Kateebire because he is still under lawful custody.

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Ampeire argued that the posters were confiscated following a complaint from NRM officials that they were being placed near NRM offices.

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This is the second time Katebire is being arrested on the same charges. On November 3, 2020, Katebire was arrested for planning a procession to celebrate the nomination of Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

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