Heightened security in Kampala as Bobi Wine launches peaceful protests

At about midday, former presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine), stormed the streets of Kampala, leading a group of at least 15 newly elected MPs as he launched peaceful protests to demand for the release of his supporters.

Bobi Wine’s party, the National Unity Platform (NUP) claims that more than 432 party members are detained by security agencies much as a list presented to Parliament by the Internal Affairs minister, Gen. Jeje Odongo listed only 177 people.

As pressure continued to pile over the whereabouts of the youthful NUP supporters, President Yoweri Museveni told a meeting of the inter-party organization for dialogue (IPOD) that his elite guard force; the Special Forces Command (SFC) was holding at least 51 of the people who had reportedly gone missing.

In a Sunday evening address broadcast through various Facebook platforms, Bobi Wine rallied his supporters to hold peaceful protests since the Constitution under Articles 3 and 29 gives Ugandans the right to protest peacefully.

“The right to protest peacefully is a fundamental human right. We are protesting for hundreds of missing Ugandans whose families have not heard from them for months! Those who have showed up have been grossly tortured- castrated, fingernails plucked out, eyes smashed,” he said.

With newly elected MPs, Derrick Nyeko (Makindye East), Aloysius Mukasa (Lubaga South), Joel Ssenyonyi (Nakawa West), Francis Kabuye (Kassanda South), Denis Ssekabira (Katikamu North), Bashir Kazibwe (Kawempe South) and Abdallah Kiwanuka (Mukono North) and a large following of supporters, the former presidential candidate marched from Kyaggwe Road through William street and Burton street before connecting to Kampala Road to access the Constitution Square.

Police moved in and arrested Kyagulanyi and his colleagues and took them to Kampala central police station but the former presidential candidate was driven back to his Magere residence.

Earlier, the police arrested about 15 NUP activists who marched up to the US embassy at Nsambya holding placards calling for an end to the arrests of NUP supporters.

Meanwhile, security presence has been increased on Kampala streets with dozens of military jeeps on patrol especially downtown Kampala.

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