Protests have broken out in Kamwokya, a city suburb where the Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine spent most of his youth years.
Kamwokya is the home of the Fire Base Crew which is a group of artists led by the jailed legislator alias 'ghetto president'. Bobi Wine was arrested on Tuesday in Arua where he'd gone to mobilise election support for independent candidate Kassiano Wadri.
Wadri, who won yesterday's by-election while in detention, today, alongside over 30 other suspects appeared before the Gulu Chief Magistrate's court and charged with treason. They were remanded to Gulu Main Prison until August 30.
However, Bobi Wine and Mityana MP Francis Zaake did not appear in the army court as expected with their family, friends and supporters worried about the state of their health or whereabouts much as the army insists that they have them and are safe. There are fears that the two legislators were severely tortured.
The angry youth blocked the Old Kiira road and lit fires in the middle of the road using old tyres to protest against Bobi Wine's arrest and subsequent detention in Arua since Tuesday evening.
Riot police needed no second invitation and swung into action, firing teargas and live ammunition to disperse the protestors. Some of the protesters fled to Kifumbira slums where they regrouped and returned to the road. Other people ran to safety into Kamwokya Mosque.
The chaos paralysed traffic and forced several businesses in Kamwokya trading centre to close. Bobi Wine was arrested together with other legislators and more than 30 other people for allegedly obstructing the president's motorcade and pelting it with stones during the last campaigns of the Arua Municipality parliamentary seat.
The by-election was eventually won independent candidate Kassiano Wadri. The president was returning from Boma grounds in Arua when he was allegedly attack by people wearing the campaign T-shirts of Wadri, the Arua municipality MP elect.