According to the police statement, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine l, The National Unity Platform presidential election was arrested for violenting the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health guidelines on coronavirus while The Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Patrick Amuriat Oboi was arrested for planning to hold an unauthorized procession.
Robert Kyagulanyi was arrested in Luuka District where he was due to hold his first rally today for his vote Hunt and later detained at Nalufenya police station in Jinja city. His continued detention led to widespread protests across the country calling for his immediate release.
According to the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, Kyagulanyi was arrested alongside Pastor Muwanguzi Andrew.
“The two were actively involved in the massive mobilization of unauthorized assemblies. In addition, and processions amidst the threat of Covid-19 in Uganda. The majority of the participants had no safeguards of facemasks, physical distancing, and proper hygiene,” he said.
“They were immediately transferred to Nalufenya Police Station. This is where they were being interrogated on charges of negligent conduct likely to spread an infectious disease. In addition, obstruction, incitement to violence, and holding unauthorized assemblies. In the course of their transportation,” he added
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Enanga says that apart from the violent protests, police registering others crimes of looting, vandalism and robbery by hooligans who took advantage of the protests.
“It is unfortunate that three innocent lives have been lost as a result of the violent fracas in the city,” Enanga said.
These include; Mwanje Sandi, a 35 year old male adult of Katwe, Juma Sendagire, a 27 year old male adult of Lusanja Kitezi and Amasi from Kubbiri.
However, he said that the cause of the deaths could be revealed after a post mortem examination.