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Teargas, Live Bullets Rock Hoima City as Police Battles NUP Supporters.

The NUP supporters blocked the Hoima Fort Portal road using logs, stones and tree branches paralyzing transport. They then started burning car tyres in the middle of the road.
Supporters protesting in the middle of Hoima-Fort Portal road. Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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Police in Hoima is firing teargas and live bullets to disperse angry supporters of National Unity Platform-NUP who took to the streets this Wednesday afternoon protesting the arrest and detention of their presidential candidate Robert Kyagulayi. 

The NUP supporters blocked the Hoima-Fort Portal road using logs, stones and tree branches paralyzing transport.

They also started burning car tyres in the middle of the road. The angry NUP supporters are also leading processions in various parts of Hoima City. They took to the streets at 3:30PM this evening.

Business along the Hoima-Fort Portal road is also currently at stand still. Police being commanded by Charles Mubaale, the Officer in charge of operations at Hoima Central police station is currently dispersing the NUP Supporters. 

Teargas and live bullets are being fired in all parts of Hoima City. Godfrey Ayebale one of the Protestors say it is wrong for Police to arrest and detain Robert Kyagulanyi during his campaign period.

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Cue out:…nuwe mujuni waitu.”//

Latif Nsubuga another NUP supporter says it is unfair for police and the military to be only on National Resistance Movement-NRM party side while restricting Kyagulanyi from holding his campaign rallies.

//cue in;”Njagala Kutegera lwachi…

Cue out:…okwe simbako.”// 

John Kugonza, another a NUP supporter says he is tired of the current NRM government saying they need change and that Kyagulanyi should immediately be freed.

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Cue out:…Enu Atulekere Uganda.”//

 

Wyclif Byamukama also a supporter wonders why Police is against Kyagulanyi. He says whether Bobi wine is in detention or not they will vote for him. 

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says police are being forced to fire teargas and live bullets to disperse the rowdy supporters and stop them from causing mayhem in the City center.

Kyagulanyi was arrested this morning from Luuka district headquarters where he was addressing a mini-campaign rally. 

He was picked up by a team of police officers led by Frank Mwesigwa, the Zonal Commander overseeing elections in Busoga and Bukedi regions. He is currently detained at Nalufenya police station in Jinja district.  

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