Police have arrested three members of Twerwaneho Listeners Club in Fort Portal for staging an illegal demonstration. The suspects are Simon Amanyire, chairperson board of Directors Twerwaneho Club, project coordinator Gerald Kankya and Gilbert Rwaheru.
The suspects were picked up today for staging a demonstration to protest the illegal disposal of 13 pieces of land belonging to Tooro Kingdom by the queen mother, Best Kemigisha.
Today, the suspects converged at Kabarole public Library, and led a procession through Fort Portal town before they pitched camp at the Kasese-Kampala-Bundibugyo main round about.
The protestors carried posters with messages denouncing the leadership of Tooro Kingdom for selling of the kingdom land. One of the posters read "What a shame to sell off the kingdom land that existed for many years, another read "Our past kings were not fools, Batooro lets join hands, demand our land and fight the sell of the kingdom land".
However, the demonstration was short lived as police swung into action and rounded up the protestors. Abdul Mulawa, the OC Fort Portal Central Police Station says that they were forced to intervene because the demonstration was illegal.
Mulawa says that the protestors didn't inform police about their plan to hold a demonstration. He says that the suspects will be charged in court with holding an illegal assembly. But Wilson Kwanya, the Western Regional Police Commander says that he received a letter signed by 23 members of Twerwaneho club informing him of the demonstration.
On Tuesday some founder members of Twerwaneho Listeners Club distanced themselves from the demonstration and vowed to block it from taking place.