The National Unity Platform party has dared the Uganda police force to free the people who were illegally arrested on the inauguration eve of Gen. Yoweri Museveni. NUP says over 100 innocent civilians are unaccounted for with many languishing in police cells past the stipulated constitutional 48hrs detention protocol.
‘Most people have complained to us how their relatives were arbitrarily arrested on the day that preceded Tibuhaburwa’s inauguration,” NUP mouthpiece Joel Ssenyonyi says. “Over 100 people are missing and this has been noticed by their immediate neighbours who have not seen them for a while and their contacts too are off. We challenge the police to arraign them before court if they have any charges to answer,” he adds.
Security launched a crackdown on NUP supporters whom they suspected to have had plans of holding a parallel inauguration ceremony for former presidential candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine. It is believed that Hon. Kyagulanyi whose whereabouts today remain mythical to the police allegedly had plans to swear himself in from Iganga district in Eastern Uganda. Security however could not verify the acclaim as nothing as such has since happened. When contacted to justify the arrests, Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire told media that they are doing a review of the suspects and only those who are innocent shall be freed without charges. “We are making assessments to understand the credentials of the suspects. The innocent ones will be freed on bond,” he said. Asked which charges they plan to impose on the suspects, Owoyesigire declined to divulge further details but an insider in police who asked not to he revealed on record says the arrests are linked to the fictional ‘Tajja Kulayila’ campaign.