Free Kyagulanyi Protests Spread to Hoima, Mukono

Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel were deployed in Mukono to quell violent protests that broke up following the arrest and detention of the National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

The angry NUP supporters blocked the Kampala-Jinja road using burning car tyres as others took their anger to posters and banners of National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidates and set them ablaze. 

The combined force of the police army and LDUs were involved in running battles with the protestors which forced most businesses in the town to close as people ran home for safety. 

In Hoima, the situation was not any different as police fired teargas and live bullets to disperse angry protestors.

The NUP supporters blocked the Hoima-Fort Portal road using logs, stones and tree branches paralyzing transport.

They also burned car tyres in the middle of the road and held processions in various parts of Hoima City.

 Police commanded by Charles Mubaale, the Officer in charge of operations at Hoima central police station was involved in running battles with the rioting NUP supporters. 

In Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb, the police deployed heavily as protests broke out in various parts of Kampala.

 The police sealed off Old Kira Road which leads to the NUP headquarters and near Kamwokya market.

Heavily armed police, LDUs are also patrolling the areas.       

“We cannot keep quiet in Kamwokya when other people in the struggle are out fighting for the rights of our president. We must fight and demand for the release of our president Kyagulanyi,” said Innocent Kyeyune.

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