The National Unity Platform-NUP party, spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi, Lewis Rubongoya, the secretary general and former Kampala central NUP parliamentary candidate, Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu have been arrested in a joint security operations which were meant to keep the city out of chaos as Uganda celebrates her 61st independence anniversary.
The NUP leaders along with several others were arrested at Rubis fuel station in Kamwokya and driven off to Kira Road Police station.
This was confirmed in a post on Ssenyonyi’s X account saying they were “violently arrested and taken in a drone.”
“Several other people have been arrested, simply because NUP organized prayers for victims of brutality,” adds the post.
The arrest followed a long standoff between the party leaders, a handful of NUP members, journalists, and security personnel.
The Police and Military deployed in large numbers around Kamwokya to block a planned parallel Independence Day address that the party president and fellow leaders planned to hold at their offices.
After sealing off the party offices, the Police and the army intercepted Rubongoya and his team at the fuel station and ordered them to leave the area which they declined forcing the police to arrest them.
Moments later, NUP President Bobi Wine communicated through his X page that the officials were being detained at Kira Road Police Station.
”After raiding our headquarters to prevent us from addressing the country on Uganda’s 61st ‘independence’ day, police and the military have proceeded to arrest party leaders and supporters. The Secretary General David Rubongoya, Spokesperson Hon, Joel Ssenyonyi and scores of other comrades are now detained at Kira Road and other Police Stations around the city. We owe it to ourselves to resist this impunity” Bobi wine said in a statement.
Uganda today marks 61 years since independence, with the main celebrations in Kitgum under the theme “Sustaining a United and Progressive Nation: Taking Charge of Our Future as a Free Nation.”
Foreign delegates are expected to attend the ceremony.
The Vice President of the Republic of Burundi, His Excellency Prosper Bazombanza, as well as His Excellency Sheikh Shakhboot Nahyan Al Nahyan, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have arrived in Uganda to attend the 61st Independence Day celebrations.