Police Cited in Illegal Arrest of Activists

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Civil society organizations spearheading a campaign to force MPs to return the shillings 20 million cash bounty they received under suspicious circumstances from government are accusing police of arresting their members and volunteers. The CSO says that some of their volunteers and members were picked up by police on Saturday and held incommunicado at CPS while letters to Ugandans as part of their campaigns. Julius Mukunda, the Programme Director Forum for Women in Democracy this while speaking to journalists this afternoon. Mukunda says that their volunteers were interrogated by plain clothes security agents who used all kinds of threat and derogatory language. He says that on Sunday, eleven other volunteers were arrested by police and held at various police stations across Kampala. Mukunda says despite the fact that eleven volunteers were released without charge 3 others are being held at Kasangati Police Post. He identifies the suspects as Patrick Nyakojo and Joel Nyakahuma who were held at Wandegeya police post, Easter Namubiru held at Lugala police post, Denis Muwonge, Betty Nakitende and Andrew Gushimye all held at Central Police station. Mukunda implores government to protect and preserve civic action of Ugandan citizens aimed at supporting government efforts to fight corruption and protect the constitution. //Cue in...we also call." Cue out...security officials."// Job Kiija a Programme Assistant at the Uganda National NGO Forum who went to rescue one of the volunteers distributing the leaflets at Nakumaat Oasis said he was instead arrested, bundled up in a police pick up and taken to CPS where he was interrogated. He says that the plain clothed policemen then threatened to charge him with inciting violence and treason. //Cue in...I tried to." Cue out..also treason. Ibin Ssenkumbi, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman says that the volunteers were arrested after reports that they were handing out leaflets with harmful propaganda. He says that some of the volunteers were even saved from an irate mob at Wandegeya and Masanafu trading centres who were threatening to lynch them. Ssekumbi denies that any of the volunteers are still held at Kasangati police post saying all the volunteers were released unconditionally. The CSO launched the respect your honour and return our money campaign to ensure full recovery of the 6.5 billion shs given out to MPs by the Parliamentary Commission to allegedly monitor NAADS programmes in their respective areas. The civil society are concerned that the money was never approved by Parliament as required under article 85 of the constitution. They will tomorrow file a petition before the constitutional court seeking a series of declarations and orders to ensure prompt recovery of the said funds.