Twelve Held over Kamwokya Riots

Twelve people were rounded up in Kamwokya on Friday morning for reportedly inciting residents to riot again over jailed Kyadondo East legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine). On Thursday, police quelled a demonstration by a group of residents in Kamwokya demanding release of MP Kyagulanyi, who faces charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition. Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire says that those arrested were found trying to incite residents to demonstrate again on Friday morning.

“They were just inciting people but we have now cooled it down. 12 arrested so far,” he said adding, “But the situation is normal now, Traffic is good. People are on their day to day business as usual.”

Owoyesigyire rubbished social media reports that the situation is tense in Kamwokya. Although he remained non-committal on where the suspects are being detained, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson revealed that they will be charged with inciting violence.

Bobi Wine was arrested on Monday together with 33 others following campaign clashes in Arua Municipality, which culminated in the attack on President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy. Unlike his co-accused that also included fellow Members of Parliament, who appeared before the Gulu Chief Magistrates Court, Bobi Wine was arraigned before the Military court martial and charged with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

The Army has explained that Bobi Wine was found with a gun and ammunition, which are a preserve of the Defence Forces and thus his appearance before the army court.


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