Social media rioters wanted to bomb Kampala-police

Police spokesperson Kayima

Police says social media tax protesters led by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine were plotting to plant bombs in Kampala.

Bobi Wine, NTV journalist Joel Ssenyonyi and NBS TV journalist Raymond Mujuni have since been charged with holding an illegal assembly and theft of police handcuffs.

They were protesting against a Shs200 daily tax on users of social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Twitter and Viber, among others.

Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, told press on Monday that the protesters wanted to use such megaphones to plant bombs and put them in various points across the city.

The recordings on the megaphones dropped at Dustur Street and Mabirizi complex on Monday morning were calling upon the members of the public to desist from the ‘unfair’ taxes.

Over 70 people were killed and others sustained injuries following twin blasts at Kyadondo Rugby grounds and Ethiopian village restaurant in Kabalagala while revellers were watching the 2010 World Cup finals.

Ochola warns officers

On his part, the Inspector General of Police, Okoth Martins Ochola, has issued a strong warning to police officers who use excessive force while querying demonstrations.

The IGP ordered all district commanders to pass on his directives to their subordinates immediately.

The guidelines include legality, proportionality, non- discrimination and necessity.

Ochola also warned politicians to desist from divisional politics amongst the electorates since it possess a security risk amongst them.


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