By Arnold Matsiko
Forum Democratic Change women’s league boss Igrid Turinawe has castigated Uganda police boss Gen Kayihura for denying FDC leaders a chance to visit 56 activists who were arrested on Wednesday in Wakiso district and transferred to Nalufenya police station “on charges of holding unlawful assemblies.”
According to Asan Kasingye police spokesperson revealed that 24 of the demonstrators were nabbed from Magere, 14 from St. Kizito kiri and 13 from Gayaza while 5 were caught from Nabutaka , all in Kyadondo East Constituency.
‘’ the apprehended suspects were found in possession of banners, t-shirts and other materials carrying “messages of a violent defiance campaign and no even sensitizing people about amendment of presidential term limit.”
Kasigye said that their assemblies contravened section 55 of the Penal Code Act (PCA) but called upon all well-wishers to visit them at Nalufenya before they are taken to court.
But what angered the FDC leaders including Igrid Turinawe,Doreen Nyanjura,Harod Kaija is that when they reached Nalufenya ,they were blocked from visiting the suspects. Police guards at the gate informed them that they had orders from IGP not to allow outsiders from seeing any suspects.
They were also told to call Kayihura to give them permission to see their supporters.
Bitter Igrid called police boss but his phones were picked by one of his aides who informed her that Kayihura was busy in a meeting.
After three hours of over waiting, FDC leaders and family members of the incarcerated supporters returned home with no results.
They have vowed to camp at Kayihura’s offices in Naguru until their people are released or paraded in courts of law.