LIVE FEED: Walk-To-Work Protests

07:20 am: Col. Kizza Besigye is arrested. The FDC leader, troche wearing gloves is told by police at a building in Mukono where he is chairing a meeting of walk-to-work planners that he is under arrest.

The building in which the meeting was taking place is sealed off by heavily armed anti-riot policce and plain-clothed security personnel. Besigye special aide Anne Mugisha confirms the development. “Besigye was attending an FDC Management and NEC retreat now underway in Mukono near Kampala. They have been barricaded in the building. They complete business later today and it will be interesting to see how they leave the venu, find ” says Mugisha

07:40am: Names of arrested officials released. Anne Mugisha says they are: Some names of those arrested include: Kirunda Hassan, view Mutagubya Alan, Sebandeke Shafic, Martin Mayanja, Mutesa Ziyadi, Walakira Matthew, Jenny Lubega, Nakabugo Farida, Rajab Kaaya, Asiimwe Peace, Mugumya Sam, Mwijukye Francis.A number of them are at Jinja Road Police Station. Fiona Busingye is at Kiira Road station.

8:50am: News indicate that Bafaki Deo, an FDC leader is in jail. He is said to have been arrested in Isingiro last night.

9:00am: Five other FDC leaders are arrested in Busia.

9:05am: Rukungiri town is reported a ghost town. All shops are closed, no vehicle in town, everyone stays home, according to Anne Mugisha.

9:08 am: FDC sounds alarm to its supporters following the arrest of its activists who had taken breakfast to those jailed. “Make sure you go with a lawyer. Jenny Lubega, Nakabugo Farida, Rajab Kaaya who are at Jinja Road had gone taken food for their arrested colleagues and they got arrested themselves.

9:10: Deadly riots breakout in Kisseka market. FDC distances self-from the fireballs. “The on-going fires and battles at Kisseka market have nothing to do with W2W, they are demanding the release of their colleagues who were ‘disappeared’ yesterday afternoon at Katonga Road,” Mugisha says.

9:15am: In Ntungamo, RDC is on Radio sending warning signals to those interested inn walking to work. However, no reports of arrest have been confirmed. But sources say the area is tense and could explode blow anytime from now.

09:24am: Opposition says Asuman Basalirwa will adress press conference at 10:00am at JEEMA headqaurters.

09:36am: Mugisha Yasin Abdu Karim of Isingiro has been arrested.

09: 40am: Police seals off Makerere University. Heavily armed police cordons off IT faculty where they had gathered to walk to work.

09:45am: DP Mbarara chief Makumbi arrested over walk to work.

10:00am: Ntungamo opposition leaders arrested over walk to work. They are detained at Ntungamo police station. They are Aloysius Twiine, Mugizi Dennis, Sanga Julius, Alice Kafooda, Benon Nuwagira and Justus Muhwezi.

10:45: Makerere FDC activists led by one Doreen Nyanjura have been detained at Wandegeya Police. They are currently being interrogated by detectives. Security has been tightened around Makerere. Police patrols are roaming the country, hunting for leaders of walk-to-work.

11: 01am: Four activists arrested in Hoima. They include Dan Tumwesigye, Kato Ronald, Muhumuza Ibra, and Muzamiro

11:20am: Eight opposition figures mainly FDC leaders are detained at Bushenyi police stations.?

11:35am: Gunfire has rocked downtown Kampala. Army and police are firing shots in the air to disperse rioting goons in Kisseka market. There are unconfirmed reports that a huge teargas canister has been hurled into Kololo high school as O’Level exams were being undertaken.

11:40am: After arresting nearly all activists, security has started the hunt for opposition chief propagandist and spindoctor Anne Mugisha around Kampala. According to police sources, Mugisha is coordinating the media to blow the walk-to-work out of proportion. Police has been told that she has been contacting foreign and local journalists to give walk-to-work mileage in the media. Reports indicate she is still in hiding and feared to walk-to-work, despite encouraging others to do so. Police say she is mobilising money to facilitate the rioters. More information obtained shows Mugisha is acting as the focal point of all major reports in the country for dissemination.

1:00pm: Protestors in Rukungiri district, Western Uganda, could compel Uganda’s security to reconsider their methods of confronting opposition activists during political rallies.Reports indicate they used bees to send away heavily armed anti-riot police and security forces that had besieged the town, ready to crush any walk-to-work protests. The sacks of bees were hurled at the cops, who fled in high gear. Shortly after the incident, all shopkeepers locked up their merchandise before speeding off to their homes. The bees then unleashed terror against cops. They followed them to their police stations!

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