Uganda police battle a handful of opposition protesters
Kampala (Alshahid) -Police Wednesday used teargas and live bullets to quell opposition supporters who staged a protest in Ugandan capital Kampala against the outcome of the February 18 presidential poll.
The police said at least 10 people were arrested after the a gang of protestors started beating passersby dressed in yellow—the ruling party’s official colour.
Four police officers were injured after they fell off a speeding police truck as they attempted to save an identified man from getting lynched by the angry protesters, who accused him of wearing a campaign t-shirt of Singh Katongole, the NRM candidate in the Rubaga North parliamentary race.
Initially, the demonstration was supposed to take place at the Railway Grounds, located along Jinja Road, but police moved swiftly and sealed off the venue. Foot soldiers and regular police officers were also deployed to patrol and guard road intersections near the site.
The protestors were carrying placards with messages like: “We want to eat Museveni like Samosa” and “Say no to Museveni’s vote rigging”.
Their message was in response to President Museveni’s recent comments that he will “eat” his main challenger, Dr Kizza Besigye, who disputed poll results and called for peaceful protests, like samosas.
The first phase of the protest was led by former independent candidate Sam Lubega, UPC’s Olara Otunnu and Jeema’s Asuman Basalirwa. They matched and stationed themselves outside Buganda Road Court where they met with another group that was accompanied Mr Moses Kasibante, who is engaged in legal battles with Mr Katongole over Rubaga parliamentary polls.
But Information minister Kabakumba Masiko said the opposition leaders were misguiding and misusing idle youth to be riotous