15 Mbabazi Activists Held for Defacing Museveni's Posters

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In short
Initially, Police had denied the arrest of the pro-Mbabazi activists.

At least 15 pro-Amama Mbabazi activists are being held by Police in Soroti on accusations of defacing President Yoweri Museveni's campaign posters.

A highly placed source told URN that 10 Mbabazi activists were picked up while trying to access the NRM party offices on Wednesday while the remaining were arrested today from Pamba Ward in Western Division.

The activists turned rowdy and destroyed Museveni's campaign posters after the ex-premier was blocked from holding his consultative meeting at Soroti Sports Grounds on Wednesday to popularise his presidential bid.

Anti-riot Police used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the pro-Mbabazi supporters. Innitially, Police had denied the arrest of the pro-Mbabazi activists.
But this afternoon, Juma Hassan Nyene, the East Kyoga Region Police Spokesperson confirmed the arrests.

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Stanley Eroku, the mobilizer of Amama Mbabazi in Teso Sub region says they went to check on the suspects but were turned away by Police saying they were still conducting an identification parade.

Eroku says they are in touch with their lawyers in Mbale to represent the suspects should they be arraigned in court.


About the author

Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.