The police in Kampala let go of 14 people who support the National Unity Platform (NUP). They had been arrested on Independence Day while getting ready for prayers. The police didn’t charge them with any crimes.
Kampala’s Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, explained that NUP’s secretary general, David Lewis Rubongoya, party spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi, and head of mobilisation Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu were among those released.
The arrests happened because the Uganda People’s Defence Forces and the police were on high alert in Kamwokya and other parts of Kampala that day. They took Rubongoya and Ssenyonyi to Kira Road Police Station after they spoke to reporters.
Some Members of Parliament, including Betty Nambooze from Mukono Municipality and Francis Katabaazi from Kalungu East, went to the police station and demanded the release of the NUP members.
The police said they arrested the NUP supporters because they believed the group was planning to cause trouble during Independence Day celebrations. They thought the supporters were using their party office as a meeting point to organize protests.
The police had information that the supporters wanted to burn tires and disrupt the Independence Day celebrations happening at the District Farm Institute in Kitgum, Northern Uganda.
NUP’s president, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, said the police raid on their headquarters was an attempt to stop them from speaking out. He also mentioned that they met with the families of some NUP supporters who had been taken away or imprisoned for supporting change. They prayed together and talked about the need to stand up against this kind of behavior.