Chained Protestors Invade Kisekka Market, Rearrested

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Part of the group that invaded Kisekka Market was released yesterday from police detention where they were taken following a similar protest at Katwe Market on Thursday. They are identified as Kiyemba George, Bukenya Mahad, Kasagga John, Askia Muhamad and Lubuuka Simon Peter among others.

Drama ensured at Kisekka Market in Kampala this morning when a number of youths chained themselves against poles surrounding the facility in continuation of a campaign challenging the outcome of the February 18 general election.

The campaign code named; "free my vote" is also in protest of the continued police presence at Dr Kizza Besigye's home in Kasangati, Wakiso district. The protestors dress in white t-shirts with inscriptions "break the chain - Free my vote," and attach themselves to poles fastened with chains and padlocks.

Part of the group that invaded Kisekka Market was released yesterday from police detention where they were taken following a similar protest at Katwe Market on Thursday. They are identified as Kiyemba George, Bukenya Mahad, Kasagga John, Askia Muhamad and Lubuuka Simon Peter among others.

Moses Byamugisha, an aide to the former Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Kizza Besigye says the youths continued with the protest upon realizing that more police officers were deployed at Besigye's home in Kasangati despite a declaration by Police Chief General Kale Kayihura.

However, Byamugisha says that instead, more officers' reinforced with Uganda Peoples Defence Force personnel were deployed in the area last night. He said that they will continue demonstrating as a sign of displeasure over the unjust actions subjected to opposition groups in the country.

But Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga says they have already unchained those who were at Kisekka market and detained them at Kampala Central Police Station. He added that police will arrest anybody who demonstrates without giving prior information to the force as required by the law.

Yesterday, The Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura told journalists that the arrested individuals committed a public order offense by disregarding provisions of the Public Order Management Act which requires demonstrators to seek police approval.
He added that they will be charged with endangering public safety and order.

 

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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.