Security forces arrested 17 coordinators of Renew Uganda, a political platform headed by Gen Henry Tumukunde, a presidential hopeful.
They were arrested Friday during a meeting in Nansana Municipality, Wakiso District.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Patrick Onyango, the coordinators were violating guidelines that were announced by the government to control the spread of coronavirus.
“We got a tip that a group of people were hold a meeting that was likely to lead to the spread of an infectious disease,” Onyango told media.
He said a team was sent there and found a group of people seated without respecting social distance and they were not wearing masks.
They were arrested and have been detained at Nansana Police Station.
On Wednesday, Gen Tumukunde launched the platform he intends to use in the 2021 presidential elections.
Labson Kijjambu, the coordinator for Gen Tumukunde’s platform in Wakiso District, denies violating the guidelines.
“The team of 18 people was seated in a spacious place and each had socially distanced and were wearing masks. When police officers came, they said the meeting was illegal because Gen Tumukunde hadn’t informed them about the meeting.”