The National Unity Platform (NUP) General Secretary for Kigezi Region Derrick Kateebire was on Tuesday arrested by police in Kabale Municipality.
Kateebire, who is also the NUP flag bearer for the District Councilor seat in Central division Kabale Municipality, was arrested yesterday by Anti-riot police personnel and detained at Kabale central police station.
He was arrested with placards with words “Kabale RDC and DPC stop harassing Co-coordinator Katebire, Kabale DPC Brian Ampaire, and as NUP, we are ready to secure the future ourselves”
Kateebire told journalists at Kabale Central Police Station that he was arrested by police at Garage Street in Central division together with five NUP supporters.
He says at the time they were mobilizing others to go to Kabale Central police station, to inquire why their posters and banners of the NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyangulanyi alias Bobi Wine were confiscated and defaced by police from Esso lorry Park and other areas.
Brian Ampaire the Kabale District Police Commander confirmed the arrest of the suspect on the charges of doing an act that is likely to spread an infectious disease.
He said that it’s not the role of police to confiscate the posters of candidates and that Kateebire claims that police stole their candidates’ posters were baseless.
This is the second time Kateebire being arrested on the same charges as on 3rd November this year, when he was reportedly planning a procession in Kabale to celebrate the nomination of Bobi Wine, he was arrested and arraigned in court where he was granted bail.