Police Blocks Parallel Anti-Corruption Walk in Mbarara

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The group led by Stanley Katembeya the FDC party chairperson for Western Uganda were planning a walk similar to the one that was organised on Wednesday by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit where the chief walker was President Yoweri Museveni.



The group led by Stanley Katembeya the Forum for democratic change –FDC party chairperson for western Uganda was intercepted by police as they set off from Nyamityobora in Kakooba division destined for the office of the inspector General of Government –IGG located at Boma hill in Kamukuzi division.

Police in Mbarara have arrested 14 supporters of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party over a planned parallel anti-corruption walk.



The group led by Stanley Katembeya the FDC party chairperson for Western Uganda were planning a walk similar to the one that was organized on Wednesday by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit where President Yoweri Museveni was the chief walker. 




Katembeya and the members were intercepted by police as they set off from Nyamityobora in Kakooba division heading to the office of the inspector General of Government - IGG located at Boma hill in Kamukuzi division. 




Rwizi regional police spokesperson Samson Kasasira says that the group had not notified police about the planned walk. He also says that they carried placards that were inciting the public and branding the government as corrupt. 




The members are currently being held at Mbarara Central Police Station pending investigations into the matter. He however declined to reveal the identities of others arrested.


Kasasira says that they have been charged with holding an unlawful assembly and inciting violence.

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