Chained Protesters Endangering Public Safety- Kayihura

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In short
The arrested individuals chained themselves to electricity poles in various parts of Kampala to protest against continued police presence at Dr Kizza Besigyes home in Kasangati.

Police is holding 12 supporters of Forum for Democratic Change - FDC party presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye following protests held in Kampala over the last two days. 

The arrested individuals chained themselves to electricity poles in various parts of Kampala to protest against continued police presence at Dr Kizza Besigye's home in Kasangati, Wakiso district.

The protestors dressed in white t-shirts with inscriptions "break the chain - Free my vote," started the tactic yesterday as part of activities protesting the outcome of the February 18 presidential election and the subsequent home detention of Dr Kizza Besigye.

A number of them were picked from Entebbe road this morning and taken to various police stations in Kampala. Kayihura told journalists this afternoon at police headquarters that the individuals committed a public order offense by disregarding provisions of the Public Order Management Act which requires demonstrators to seek police approval.

He says that they will be charged with endangering public safety and order.

The arrest came hours before the Inspector General of Police announced the withdrawal of officers from the home of Dr. Kizza Besigye where they were deployed six weeks ago.
 

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.