Luweero Police Disperses 60 Youths over Suspected Mbabazi Meet

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Police in Luweero have today broken up a meeting called at Pope Paul II Pastoral centre, Kasana and dispersed more than 60 youths believed to be supporters of former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi. The incident occurred at around midday. The youth were led by Sarapio Tumusiime.

 
 
Police in Luweero have today broken up a meeting called at Pope Paul II Pastoral centre, Kasana and dispersed more than 60 youths believed to be supporters of former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.
 
 
The incident occurred at around midday. The youth were led by Sarapio Tumusiime.
 
 
Luweero Criminal Intelligence Investigations Department [CIID] Officer Raymond Jaggwe confirmed to Uganda Radio Network (URN) the incident.
 
Jaggwe says he dispatched plain clothed detectives to investigate what the meeting was about.
 
 
Later Luweero District Police Commander (DPC) Eugene Erwaru joined the detectives.
 
Erwaru ordered for the dispersal of the meeting after the youth's leader refused to explain why he had called a public meeting without informing police first.
 
Tumusiime, who challenged a plain clothed Erwaru to identify himself, tried to explain that the meeting had been called for youths in Catholic parishes to discuss matters related to development. 
 
Tumusiime was taken to Luweero Central Police Station [CPS] for further questioning.
 
One of the participants Viane Seruyange, a Luweero resident, told URN that they had received phone calls to turn up for the meeting. They had not been informed what the meeting was about, only that it would be beneficial to them.
 
The others refused to speak to the press.
 
A manager at the centre who preferred anonymity told URN that while booking the venue, the organisers claimed it was a youth training workshop.
 
DPC Erwaru told URN that the meeting was illegal.
 
We were unable to reach Tumusiime who was still being questioned at time of going to press.