National Unity Platform (NUP) says its senior party leaders have been arrested are being held Kira Road Police Station and other police stations in Kampala City. Among those arrested at party Secretary General David Lewis Rubongoya and Spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi.
The President of NUP, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine, said the arrests were intended to prevent them from addressing the country on Uganda’s 61st Independence Day commemoration.
On Sunday, NUP said they will use this year’s Independence Day to pray for their comrades killed and abducted by President Yoweri Museveni regime.
“While dictator Museveni and his cronies will gather in Kitgum tomorrow to ‘celebrate independence’, we shall gather at our offices in Kamwokya to pray for our comrades killed by the regime, those who were abducted and are still missing, as well as those in illegal detention,” Kyagulanyi said.
Police and other security forces were quick to deploy heavily at the party headquarters to stop the prayers. “The military and police have raided and cordoned off the National Unity Platform Head Office, Kamwokya yet again, in order to block us from holding prayers for our dead, detained and disappeared comrades,” Bobi Wine wrote on his social media.
“No one is allowed to enter or leave the office. While they do this, they will shamelessly gather today to celebrate “independence” even when they behave worse than the colonialists. The cowardly regime will never have the last laugh.” he added.