KAMPALA – Police and other security agencies on Tuesday blocked the Old Kira Road leading to the offices of the National Unity Platform in Kamwokya, as the party President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu prepared to take a petition to the Chief of Defense Forces – CDF.
Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine said at a press conference that the party had authored a petition to the CDF, Gen. David Muhoozi demanding the immediate release of his supporters who were arrested after the January 14 election.
In the petition also copied to the Minister of Defence Adolf Mwesige, Kyagulanyi calls for the unconditional release of those arrested on election-related charges.
Police deployed heavily at the Kyebando junction and Kamwokya Market, the main routes out of the party offices. Military personnel could be seen along the streets, near the NUP headquarters.
On Monday Kyagulanyi was briefly detained after leading protests in the City. He was arrested alongside 15 MPs and activists including, Secretary-General David Lewis Rubongoya, spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi, Muhammad Ssegirinya, the MP-elect of Kawempe North, and Derick Nyeko from Makindye East among others.
Police and the military mounted different roadblocks along the northern bypass and areas of Kamwokya. Deployments was also extended to other parts of the city centre – including Kisekka Market, Wandegeya, Mulago and parts of the Northern bypass and Jinja Road.