At least nine people power activists are in custody after they were arrested in Mbale during skirmishes that followed the police’s blocking of presidential aspirant and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi from appearing on BCU FM.
The radio had invited Kyagulanyi to appear on its Saturday morining talk show together with Manjiya MP, John Baptist Nambeshe and Margret Wokuri, the Mbale district chairperson of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
The police deployed heavily in the town before unleashing teargas on opposition supporters that had gathered to welcome the politiciam cum musician.
The suspects include Abbas Wetaaka, the Mbale District People Coordinator, Yusuf Kadama, the Nakaloke town council Youth Councilor and Youth Coordinator for People Power in Mbale, Judith Khakai, Abby Mutebi, Farouk Kato, Sam Ssenyonga, Kato Mulongo, Aqiram Kasirivu and Richard Musajjaawanza.
Police used live bullets and teargas to disperse the activists from BCU FM premises on Naboa road in Mbale city where Kyagulanyi was expected to appear on the weekly political talk show.
According to police, the suspects have been charged with staging illegal gatherings, which can cause the spread of the Covid19.
Rogers Taitika, the Elgon Region Police Spokesperson, says the suspects were intercepted in a vehicle belonging to one of the aspirants for the Mbale Woman MP seat.
John Baptist Nambeshe, the Manjiya County MP and NUP Coordinator for Bugisu region says they are going to sue police for stampeding their programs and tearing his People power attire he was wearing.
He also blasted Electoral Commission for failing to prevail over the excessive powers of Police.