KAMPALA – The former president general of the Peoples Development Party (PDP) party, Dr Abed Bwanika, is among those injured as police engaged angry NUP supporters in Masaka City on Tuesday.
Dr Bwanika, who now the NUP parliamentary candidate in Kimanya-Kabonera Division, sustained injuries as supporters of Robert Kyagulanyi drove through the streets of Masaka City while hooting after he was nominated to run for president.
Bwanika, who was on Tuesday evening transferred to Kampala for treatment, accuses Majid Owepukulu, the officer-in-charge of Masaka Central police station of maliciously hitting him with a pistol. He argues that police ambushed at NUP offices in Masaka before firing teargas inside the premises.
But according to police, Bwanika was injured in a scuffle after he was involved in with operatives after he attempted to fight an armed police officer.
Police fired live bullets and teargas to quell the jubilant supporters, who were running up and down in Masaka City arcades.
The arrest of Bobi Wine triggered another wave NUP supporters led by Nyendo-Ssenyange Division chairperson Michael Mulindwa Nakumusana and Ms Alice Nanungi called for a protest and their members joined in.
At least 12 people were injured and 100 arrested in different parts of the country as security agencies engaged in running battles with the supporters of opposition presidential candidates Robert Kyagulanyi and Patrick Amuriat who were nominated yesterday for January general elections.