By Wednesday morning, dozens of supporters, coordinators and mobilizers of the National Unity Platform party were missing following a joint security clampdown. In Mpigi town, a vibrant NUP mobilizer locally known as ‘Machete’ was raided at his residence by plain clothed security operatives wielding AK47 rifles. They rustled him off to the ground before putting him on handcuffs. He was afterwards whisked off to an unknown destination where by press time security had not disclosed.
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Similar scenes were noticed in Kawempe, Kamwokya and other low income neighbourhoods where majority of Bobi Wine supporters live. “It all looks like the Soweto of the 1970’s where white supremacists targeted black youths picked in late night hours from their homes,” Ashraf, a resident of Kawempe says. “Our colleague was picked as we all helplessly watched,” he adds.
In downtown Kampala, garages were ordered to close prematurely. Vendors who operate from Kisekka market, a hotspot of protests were also asked not to open their stalls till the presidental inauguration ceremony is over. Those who dissented have since been arrested. Petrol stations have also been urged not to allow overnight parking as motorists that defy are to have their vehicles towed. In fact, social media is already awash with grisly scenes of a yet to he known man murdered in cold blood by hin wielding security operatives who found him at a petrol station. The deceased, donned in a white shirt was eventually shot and killed as he resisted a forceful arrest. Several undocumented scenarios of security excesses are yet to emerge.