Former independent presidential candidate John Katumba has spent his first night in the cells of the Central Police Station, Kampala.
This follows his arrest yesterday with police accusing him with holding an illegal assembly in downtown Kampala.
Armed with a megaphone, John Katumba on Tuesday attempted to sensitize Ugandans in the regard of soaring commodity prices and fuel prices, which he stresses have made the costs of living high. However, his protest was foiled soon as he set out to the city center. He was eventually bundled onto a police patrol and whisked off to CPS.
Patrick Onyango Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman says Katumba was picked up from Ben Kiwanuka William Street as he mobilized the public to demand for a better economy and fight for their wellbeing and will be charged with being a public nuisance.
Counsel Shamim Malende also Kampala woman MP who was at CPS checking on the detained torture movement members followed up on Katumba’s arrest as well and castigated government for using repressive measures to silence the dissent.
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John Katumba becomes the second former presidential candidate to be detained over protests against commodity prices, after veteran opposition doyen Rtd. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye who a few months back led related protests.
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