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Security Foils Free-Kyagulanyi Protest in Makindye

The protesters converged at the office of Makindye West MP Allan Sewanyana by 2; 00 pm ahead of the planned march to Makindye military barracks. But two pickup trucks filled with anti-riot police personnel parked at the entrance not allowing anyone to move out.
Some of the Protestors in Makindye

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Police have heavily deployed in Makindye division to block protestors who planned to march to Makindye military barracks in protest of the arrest and detention of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

 

Kyagulanyi is being held in connection to the Arua election chaos and faces charges of unlawful possession of firearms. He was arrested alongside over 30 others including MPs Gerald Karuhanga, Paul Mwiru, MP-elect Kassiano Wadri and former MP Mike Mabikke. They face charges of treason.

 

The protesters converged at the office of Makindye West MP Allan Sewanyana by 2; 00 pm ahead of the planned march to Makindye military barracks. But two pickup trucks filled with anti-riot police personnel parked at the entrance not allowing anyone to move out.

 

According to Police, no one was allowed to protest and thus the protestors could not leave the vicinity

 

The protestors had planned to move from the office to the army barracks and stage there while singing Kyagulanyi Ssentamu's songs.

 

However, the 20 protestors dressed in red and holding placards, saying "quick recovery Zzake, Rest In Peace Yasin Kawuma, Free Bobi Wine failed to move out of the premises they were to Makindye barracks as police sealed off the area.

 

Mary Serumaga, one of the activists said they came to protest in solidarity with the family of the late Yasin Kawuma, and the 33 people arrested in Arua.

 

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Nalongo Nana, another protestor says she is ready to demonstrate in solidarity with Kyagulanyi and any other person arrested by Government and those whose rights have been violated.

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Researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi, who was one of the protestors, said the failure to demonstrate today will not break their resolve.

 

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According to Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima, the group did not get permission from Police and cannot be allowed to demonstrate

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