KAMPALA – Police on Monday engaged in running battles with human rights activists who were holding demonstrations against corruption in the city.
Police swung into action after several youth, who were positioned in different parts of the city, started ringing bells and flashing placards, saying that they are tired of corruption in the country. They also donned black overalls.
But police immediately intercepted them, resulting in a scuffle as the group comprising mainly youth resisted arrest. Some evaded arrest but police said at least 13 were arrested.
Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said 13 suspects were arrested along Entebbe Road and were detained at Central police Station (CPS) Kampala
He said they have preferred against them charges of inciting violence and obstructing traffic.
The demonstrators were led by the head of the poor youth, Norman Tumuhimbise, and Atanasi Kafeero.
Tumuhimbise said they are joining the President in fighting corruption.
“Since President Yoweri Museveni is willing to fight corruption, we are now joining him to mobilise the community to fight corruption,” he said.
He said, every Monday, they will be carrying out peaceful demonstrations in the city a alerting the community to fight corruption.
Kafero said taxpayers money must be protected because its meant to benefit the public and also help government to develop the country.
“It’s the reason why we are carrying out this peaceful demonstration,” Mr Kafero said.