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Police Arrest 45 In “Free Bobi Wine” Kampala Riots

Police has this afternoon announced that 45 people have been arrested from Kampala for staging riots.

Addressing the media at the Police Headquarters, the Police Spokesperson SSP Emilian Kayima, said the suspects were picked from Kiseka market, Wandegeya and Martin road.

Police battled protesters in down town Kampala on Monday afternoon (Courtesy photos)

He said that the arrested are accused of blocking roads and several streets in the city which paralyzed many businesses  in the central business district.

Kayima said, they burnt tires and logs hence threatening business of many and also posing a risk to many infrastructures.

“Police and military rushed and queried the violent demonstrators and the situation is back to normal,” he said.

Police and military used live ammunition and tear gas to disperse off the people who were demonstrating against the torture and arrest of different members of Parliament.

The police mouthpiece urged the public not to involve in riots saying that they don’t solve problems.

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Kayima also told journalists that those arrested will be screened before appearing before the courts of law.

The people in Kampala metropolitan areas on Monday morning woke up to demand the release of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine who is currently incarcerated in Makindye military barracks.

Bobi wine was last week arrested in Arua district following highly competitive campaigns between members of the ruling NRM party and opposition politicians to fill up the position of Arua municipality member of Parliament.

On the heavy security deployment and visibility of security officers on the Kampala streets, Kayima said that it has been done with interest to keep the safety of citizens.

Relatedly, earlier today demonstrations had spread out to different parts of Kampala metropolitan including Mukono and Seeta along jinja road.

On Sunday, police also queried demonstrations in Mityana district where one person died from a stray bullet and four others sustained injuries.

From the riots, police also arrested 23 suspects awaiting to be arraigned in courts of law.

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