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Besigye and Elias Lukwago Arrested

Kampala: FDC Leader Kiiza Besigye and Kampala Lord Mayor are among the 11 prominent peopledetained by police today in a preventive arrest swoop today.

Police Deputy PRO Judith Nabakooba told 104.9 Ssuubi FM,these would be released by 7pm today, unless otherwise, but could not divulgemore details.

The group is said to have planned a rally at the Katwe playground, where the security operatives deployed heavily/

A source informed 104.9 Ssuubi FM that the others indetention were the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago,A4-C Coordinator, Mathias Mpuuga, FDC press secretary, Wafula Oguttu, Kyadondo east MP, Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda, Kampala Woman MP, Ms Nabillah NagayiSempala and a Makerere University student, JessyNuwagaba are being held at Jinja road police station.

The leader of opposition, Nandala Mafabi and theBugweri MP, Abdu Katuntu have stationed themselves outside the police stationwaiting to see the arrested legislators.

Meanwhile former Army commander, Maj. Gen. MugishaMuntu and Kasilo MP, Elijah Okupa have reached Kiira Road to visit Dr Besigye who was inpolice cells at Kiira Roadpolice Station.

He was arrested with Mr Mpuuga and Lukwaga as theytried to walk to Katwe grounds where they were supposed to address a rally aspart of the third round of walk-to-work.

Members of Action for Change including theFDC president, Dr Kizza Besigye have been arrested and driven by police tounknown destination as they tried to walk out of Inter-party cooperationoffices on Katonga road, Nakasero.

Police first fired teargas and rubber bulletsto disperse the crowds that had started gathering near the Katonga Road office.

The opposition politicians were planning tohold a rally at Katwe grounds as part of third- round of walk-to-work protests.

Dr Besigye was pushed and driven in a policevan while the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago and the Coordinator of A4-C, Mr MathiasMpuuga hauled in police bus.

Dr Besigye is now being held at Kiira RoadPolice station but it’s not clear where Lukwago and Mpuuga have been taken.

Earlier, Nabilah Sempala was briefly detainedby police after beating heavy deployment around her home and drove off to theCity Centre. She was part of a number of opposition figures whose homes weresurrounded by the police ahead of the third round of walk-to-work protests.

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