The police and the army deployed heavily in Masaka in anticipation of the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi’s visit to Masaka police station to check on the detained members of his campaign team.
Kyagulanyi, popukarly known as Bobi Wine had most of his campaign team members and local coordinators in Kalangala arrested on Wednesday as he entered the islands district to campaign.
The deployment followed statements he made during a press conference at his home in Magere, Wakiso district on Thursday said that he would visit Masaka Central Police station to check on the detainees.
The police rushed to increase deployments at the police station and around Masaka town as they also restricted access to the police station.
A joint security team comprised of both police and army have mounted roadblock at Total petrol station in Nyendo and all the traffic is directed towards Masaka-Mbarara bypass.
Muhammad Nsubuga, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson says the deployment is intended to avert likelihoods of commotion in the town.
He says that they obtained intelligence that the NUP supporters were planning to cause unnecessary political tensions that would disrupt business in the area.
Kyagulanyi on was on his way to campaign in Bukomansimbi district was denied access to Masaka town and therefore failed to check on his detained team members.
Last Sunday, the NUP presidential candidate had a standoff with the police in Masaka after it closed off the Masaka – Mbarara highway as he set out to campaign in Lwengo district.
Some members of his campaign crew and journalists were injured in the scuffle.