Police in Iganga have arrested Francis Muganga, the head of people power’s legal team in Busoga sub-region, for leading a protest which attracted crowds contrary to the presidential directives aimed at controlling the spread of coronavirus disease COVID-19.
The president barred public meetings and person to person contact, which undermine the values of social distancing and increase the risk of spreading COVID-19.
On Friday, Muganga with an army of supporters marched along Iganga Mainstreet holding placards and blowing whistles in protest of the government’s failure to provide food for the needy.
He was armed with a petition that he intended to take to the Iganga Resident District Commissioner (RDC’s) office demanding that the government lifts the lockdown and the continued ban on bodaboda operations.
Muganga told journalists that bodaboda cyclists have to clear accrued loans attained while acquiring the motorcycles, and dues earned from ferrying luggage cannot cater for their operations.
The Iganga District Police Commander David Ndaula further ordered other protesters to either vacate the streets or risk arrest. Ndaula later informed journalists that, Muganga will be charged with disobeying lawful orders.