Police speaks on Bobi Wine, Amuriat arrest
The Joint Security Task Force in Busoga North, Wednesday arrested the NUP Presidential candidate, Hon. Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert, for his continued violations of the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health guidelines, during the political campaigns.
He was arrested together with Pastor Muwanguzi Andrew at around 11:30am, at the Ssaza Grounds, Luuka Town Council in Luuka District.
The two were actively involved in the massive mobilization of unauthorised assemblies and processions amidst the threat of Covid-19 in Uganda.
The majority of the participants had no safeguards of facemasks, physical distancing and proper hygiene.
They were immediately transferred to Nalufenya Police Station, where they were being interrogated on charges of negligent conduct likely to spread an infectious disease, obstruction,incitement to violence and holding unauthorized assemblies.
In the course of their transportation, 5 other violent suspects were arrested too.
These included ; Ssenono Denis alias Deni-City, resident of Keti Falawo, Kawempe; Semanda Brian of Nakilagala Budo; Matovu Adam, Tenywa Jamali of Kyamagwa Jinja; and Akol Stephene, A Security guard from Kiira Road.
In a separate development, the FDC presidential candidate, Eng. Patrick Oboi Amuriat was also arrested from Gulu, as he was planning to hold an unauthorized procession, in Gulu City.
He has since refused to record a statement.
All along the NUP presidential candidate and his party members, sought to undermine the integrity of the Electoral Commission, by refusing to abide to a peaceful conduct of the campaigns.
His campaign trail from West Nile, to Acholi sub Region, Teso, Bugisu and Busoga, raised stakes for possible riots and public disorder.
The arrest as anticipated by our Joint Intelligence components, sparked off incidents of violent demonstrations especially in the areas of Masaka, Jinja , Kampala city and its suburbs of Bwaise, Kyaliwajjala , Nabweru, Kalerwe, Nansana and Mukono.
In Mityana, police blocked a group of youth who were being transported to reinforce colleagues in Kampala.
The violent demonstrators set up illegal roadblocks and burnt tyres, violently attacked law enforcement personnel in the city Centre.
“We have also registered other crimes of looting, vandalism and robbery by hooligans who take advantage of these violent demonstrations,” said police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga.
“We do strongly condemn the tactics used by NUP and those groups that continue to breach the Electoral Commission guidelines during the campaigns.”
Such acts only promote further violence and lawlessness amidst the threats of Covid-19, Enanga said.
“We believe it is one of the steps to prepare their adherents into inciting violence and further accelerate their goal of a civil uprising like they have always threatened.”