Police on Tuesday dispersed several protesters at the Special Investigations Division (SIU) in Kireka demanding the release of former journalist and Pastor Joseph Kabuleta.
The protesters, comprising mainly members of his Watchman Ministries, started assembling at the entrance of SIU around 8:30am calling for Kabuleta’s release after he was arrested over the weekend on charges of offensive communication after he referred to president, Yoweri Museveni as a thief, gambler and liar.
They were donning T-shirts with the inscription Free Kabuleta “Freedom of Expression Online” Police only allowed in a team of lawyers led by Daniel Walyemera to access Kabuleta and ordered the remaining group to wait from somewhere else.
However, the group started singing gospel songs and chanting ‘Free JK’ as they demanded for Kabuleta’s release. They demanded to know all why Kabuleta is still locked up beyond the mandatory 48 hours without appearing before court.
This prompted the Anti-Riot Police and Local Defence Unit to deploy. Police tried to negotiate with the protesters to vacate the area, saying they don’t have permission to assemble.
The officer, who led the operation, Mr Desteo Ahumuza, told the protesters that Kabuleta would be arraigned in court soon.
On Monday, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mike Chibita, said his office has received the case file for Mr Kabuleta but noted they are still examining it.
Addressing journalists at his office, Chibita said they had received the file but noted they are yet to finalise with examining it before Kabuleta is arraigned in court.
“It is true we received the file but it is still under perusal and a decision has not yet been taken on what to do next with it,”Chibita said