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Ten arrested as police block NUP rally in Kamuli

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Police say they blocked a planned rally by National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, in Kamuli and arrested 10 suspects for carrying out an illegal rally.

Busoga North Police Region spokesperson Mike Kasadha said on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, that the 10 suspects were inciting violence and were “part of the team that had defiantly organized the political activity.”

“We had previous credible information that NUP members had planned a mobilization tour for Wednesday, May 22, 2024 in Kamuli Municipality. While waiting for the expected guests, a group of people attempted to carry out illegal demonstrations, which which led us to disperse them and finally arrest the 10 suspects who restored order.

The spokesperson said: “Last year, NUP mobilization activities were suspended due to non-compliance with established guidelines, resulting in public disorder, traffic disruption, loss of business, malicious damage to property and dangerous driving resulting in deaths. and injuries, among others.

According to him, as NUP leaders continued to defiantly mobilize and lead processions on the way to Kamuli, their leader, Kyagulanyi, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Joel Ssenyonyi, Kampala MP, Shamim Malende, and a rowdy and disorderly crowd were intercepted and dispersed. proportionally between the Kamuli border and Jinja district before turning around and heading back.

“The suspension of mobilization activities continues until the NUP leadership complies with police directives,” he added.

Kasadha praised members of the public who stood in solidarity with peace and non-violent behaviour.

Police were forced to use tear gas to disperse the crowd and also fired live bullets into the air.

On Wednesday, Kyagulanyi posted on cowards injured some of our people and arrested others. I was very happy to see that despite all the provocations, our people remained very firm and determined. In the end, the people will have the last word.

On Saturday, the party released a schedule for the county-wide tour that was to begin in Kamuli.

Today (Thursday) they are supposed to be in Bugweri district, but it is not yet clear if the police will allow them.

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