Protests Sparks In Hoima Over The Detention Of NUP Mobilizers

Photo showing one of the roads that was blocked by the protesters

Our sources in Uganda has it that riots have paralyzed business activities in several parts of Hoima City following the arrest of several mobilizers of the Opposition National Unity Platform {NUP) which is led by Kyaddobdo East Member of Parliament, Mr. Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine.

Among people arrested are Mr. Moses Aguuda, the coordinator of NUP in Hoima, Mr. Godwin Angalia who intends to run for a parliamentary seat in Bulisa District; Mr. Ismail Tumuhaise, Mr. Tyson Kakande, Mr. Ayesiga Kizito, Mr. Nicholas Kiiza and Mr. Collins Birungi. These men were all arrested while marching in the area to celebrate the creation of Hoima City. Their arrest lead to riots as supporters of NUP staged a demonstration to protest the detention of the mobilizers. The protesters accused the police of holding the mobilizers beyond the stipulated time of 48hours without producing them in court or releasing them on bail.

According to Mr. Brian Aliguma, the spokesman of the party in Hoima District, “the police officers were violating the rights of the opposition leaders.” On the other hand, the protesters burnt car tires in the middle of several streets and used stones to barricade the Hoima-Fort Portal Road. The police responded by firing teargas and live bullets to disperse the protesters who were reportedly planning to storm the Hoima Central Police Station.

A boda boda operator rides past a bonfire in the middle of one of the roads in Hoima City

Later on, Mr. Julius Hakiza made a statement saying that the police quelled the pritest and one of the protesters was arrested and that the detained mobilizers could face charges of conducting an illegal procession and inciting violence. According to Mr. Julius, “ we are still holding then pending guidance from the State Attorney.”

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