As the last rally of Kyandondo east campaign axes , one of the Kyandondo east candidate Robert Kyagulanyi was incarcerated.
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It was chaotic scenes in Kasangati Tuesday mid-morning after police blocked a campaign rally by candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, best known as Bobi Wine, and took him into custody.
How Kyandondo east candidate Robert Kyagulanyi was arrested.
It was not immediately clear why he was arrested. But what is certainly clear is that his supporters were angry and frenzied, demanding his immediate release.
They were seen chanting slogans of support for their candidate, who is contesting in the Kyadondo East by-election alongside four other candidates, and wanted him set free.
Some were seen hurling stones at the security operatives in a muddled confrontation between the two groups.
Bobi Wine’s campaign manager Samuel Walter Lubega, a former presidential candidate himself, told reporters moments after his arrest that he had been denied access to him.
“What kind of preventive arrest are police talking about when Bobi Wine was about to address his supporters?” he is quoted to have furiously said.
Following his arrest, Bobi Wine was later driven off on a dusty road to Kira Police as his effervescent supporters followed amid a tempestuous atmosphere.
Once at Kira Police, Bobi Wine’s wife Barbie, wearing a gomesi (traditional Ganda outfit), appeared and was scrambled through the police ring to go see him as his supporters remained blocked from going through.
The contestants are in the evening of the campaign period ahead of Thursday’s election.
Police say Mr Kyagulanyi was earlier warned against using the venue because President Yoweri Museveni was about a kilometre away from his (Kyagulanyi’s) campaign venue.
Mr Museveni is in the constituency to campaign for the NRM candidate Sitenda Sebalu.
But Mr Kyagulanyi’s team contend that their candidate did not break any law because that where he was supposed to hold his last rally.
His supporters have stormed Kira Division police demanding for his release.
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Apollo Katinti has also told journalists at Besigye’s home in Kasangati that he was going to Kira Police to demand for the release of Mr Kyagulanyi.
“It is absurd that police has arrested one of my competitors in the race for Kyadondo East. These are some of the reasons why court nullified my election. I’m going to police to demand for his release. It’s unacceptable,” said Mr Katinti.
Source: new vision and monitor
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