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TENSION: Heavy Deployment Maintained In Kampala, 72 People Held Over Protests

More than 72 people were arrested during protests by supporters of the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu also known as Bobi Wine. They are held at different police stations in Kampala, URN reports.

The suspects were arrested as police dispersed protesters from areas of Kisekka Market, Kampala Road, Nasser Road, Old Kampala, Ndeeba, Kyebando and Katwe among many others. Police, reinforced by soldiers dressed in the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) Operation uniform in the different areas, used tear gas and live bullets to disperse the crowds.

At Central Police Station (CPS) Kampala about 25 suspects were brought into custody, most of them bleeding and limping from the beating they received from the soldiers and police officers during the arrest and as they were being transported to the various police stations.

The police spokesperson Emilian Kayima says the arrested suspects will be charged with inciting violence and unlawful assembly. Kayima says, those who are rioting ought to find another way of expressing their grievances.

Suspects who were in critical condition were cleared by the station nurse to be taken to Mulago Hospital while others were bandaged up and put into the cells. By press time, one person had been shot dead in Katwe.

There is still heavy deployment of Military and police in all the areas where protests were quelled in Kampala. The main police stations in Kampala are also currently being guarded by soldiers. But Kayima says what is on the street is normal deployment.

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