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Gunfire in Mukono as police battles Bobi Wine supporters

Police have used tear gas and live bullets to disperse youths in Mukono who were protesting against the continued incarceration of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine.

Bobi was violently arrested alongside three other legislators and about 30 of their supporters following clashes between rival groups in a hotly contested parliamentary race in Arua. 

Bobi, who is said to have been tortured, was separately charged in a military court in Gulu with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and remanded to Makindye military prison until August 23. The other suspects who are accused of pelting President Yoweri Museveni's motorcade with stones were arraigned in Gulu Magistrate's court and charged with treason and remanded to Gulu main prison until August 30.  

Police truck in Kamwokya yesterday. Today police fired tear gas and bullets to disperse the angry youths in Mukono

Bobi connects with a lot of youth in the country and is being considered as the latest political threat to president Museveni's long grip on power. With reports emerging that the legislator was tortured according to his wife Barbie Kyagulanyi, lawyer Erias Lukwago and Uganda Human Rights Commission, his supporters are up in arms.

After two straight days of low-scale protests in Kamwokya and Gayaza on Thursday and Gayaza, today Bobi's supporters in Mukono also joined the protest wave, bringing business to a standstill in the township.

Dressed in red outfits, the colour symbol of 'People Power', Bobi's pressure group, the youths chanted pro-Bobi slogans, sung his songs and burnt old tyres in the middle of the road to Kayunga bringing traffic flow to a standstill for several hours. 

The youth claimed the government is slapping trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms against their 'ghetto president'. They said all they want is freedom for Kyagulanyi. 

MOUNTING PRESSURE

Pressure is increasingly mounting for government over the arrest and alleged torture of the Arua suspects with the foreign diplomats and embassies, Buganda kingdom all issuing statements calling for respect of the suspects' humans rights including access to medical care.

Several prominent Ugandan DJs have also resolved to play Bobi Wine's songs for at least 15 minutes at the top of the hour on TVs and radios until the legislator is freed. Pressure to free the suspects is not only within Uganda, with Kenyan, Zimbabwean, British, American media extensively covering the post-arrest events. 

Also, Ugandans living in South Africa and USA have held their own protests, demanding for the freedom of Bobi. Ugandans in Massachusetts, USA, staged a protest calling for the unconditional release of the suspects arrested in Arua. 

The protest held in the city of Medford, brought together a number of Ugandans who denounced what they said was government's clear acts of torture, abuse of human rights and illegal detention of suspects.

The protesters carried placards with inscriptions calling for Bobi's release.  Free Bobi Wine, free our people, was a key call made by the protestors who also carried placards with some of Kyagulanyi's popular slogans, "People Power, Our Power", "we are fighting for you, we are not fighting you" among others

The protesters approached passersby and told them the reason for their protest and also asked them to join in protesting the arrests. Martin Byakuleka, the president of the Common League of the Ugandan Diaspora (CLOUD) who is the brain behind the demonstration says Ugandans abroad are saddened that Ugandans are being treated brutally by the regime. 

He says the demonstration is meant to show their dissatisfaction on the fictitious charges, torture and intimidation that Ugandans have endured under the leadership of Yoweri Museveni.
 
The group is also calling for a sit-down and stay-home campaign to stand in solidarity with the arrested Ugandans. But President Museveni earlier warned in a statement that charges against Bobi Wine and his allies will continue for bringing violence and intimidation into elections. 

Comments

-1 #21 Kirya 2018-08-19 04:33
Quoting Mama Mia:
Quoting juwait kali:
Gwok Buganda always pays the price regardless which other region causes it.

What am saying is let Buganda play its part as Arua did sir. We can just end it sooner because we are nearer to the kraal.


People power is what it is and m7 knows

"We are nearer to the kraal" lol. When the push comes to shove, the kraal will be a million miles away from the hornless ones.
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-1 #22 Musadda Kamori 2018-08-19 08:33
Remase and Akot are likeky to be tribalistic minded!

Our objective should be uniting against a tribalistic dictatorship. How do you fight this if you are like them?
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0 #23 juwait kali 2018-08-19 10:25
Mama Mia you have a sheep brain otherwise you would have realised that we treat you like an armed robber in a village with your mighty UPDF.

You are lucky Africans have not mastered this game yet of one man terrorising 35 million.
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-2 #24 gwok 2018-08-19 18:22
Quoting JonSS:
Quoting Mama Mia:
I can see some lunatics here sounding war drums.

Bring it on. 12 million crime presenters backed by the mighty UPDF are ready to take you on.


Waa that’s all hot air, you’ve started use of violence expecting back up from the reserves and the army I won’t be surprised if what will finish off your Jajja is an insider job.

The cracks are there for all to see. You’re backing the wrong horse; to put it mildly you need to jump.


Most of the CPs are ours. M7 has trained them for us.

What remains is for someone to weaponize them properly, if M7 will not do that for us. Game set. Play on.
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+1 #25 mungu 2018-08-19 19:12
Let the donor community just keep away their money from the regime and the World Bank withdraw the balance of payment facility from the regime and democratization will return to Uganda the following day.

We don't need their crocodile tears for another day.
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-1 #26 Remase 2018-08-20 14:56
Kalondozi, I don't thing akot attacks a particulate tribe, I'll defend akat on this.

Could come up with an example of how Akot has attacked a particular tribe and which one is it?
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