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Mbabazi, Besigye Released After Hours of Confinement

Two presidential hopefuls Hon Amama Mbabazi and Col Kizza Besigye who spent a better part of Thursday in police cells were released upon nightfall.

Both were arrested while they set out to address their supporters and seek support in preparation for their parties’ primaries.

Mbabazi was released from confinement and according to his daughter Nina Mbabazi, he was charged with disobeying police orders.

“Felix Kaweesi said that they gave Mbabazi 2 options: 1) Go back home OR 2) We arrest you. He took the second option. How then can you say he disobeyed police orders?” she wondered.

Mbabazi’s other daughter Rachael who was arrested with his father and locked up at Lugazi police was also released at around 9 o’clock, together with the drivers.

There were reports that a group of Pro-Mbabazi supporters, the NRM Poor Youths who had camped at Kiira Road police station were attacked and beaten up by unknown hooligans, moments after Mbabazi was released.

According to media reports, when Mbabazi left, the lights around the police station were switched off and the unknown attackers descended on the youths and started caning them indiscriminately.

Meanwhile at Kasangati, Besigye was also released on Police bond after 7 pm, and police described his arrest as preventive.

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According to one of his aides Harold Kaija, Police drove him back home but dropped him along the way.

“If we hadn’t been following, he would have walked alone home!!,” said Kaija.

Other opposition figures by publication of this story were still under detention such as FDC’s chief mobiliser Ingrid Turinawe, who was still in jail in Watuba Police. Over 18 opposition activists were said to be held at Kasangati Police.

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