AS IT HAPPENED: Blood Flows As Kasese By-election Turns Chaotic

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pharmacy geneva; font-size: small; background-color: white;”> 4:00pm: A number of radio presenters in Kasese town are in hiding after some of their colleagues received police summons.

The summons, according to one presenter who never wanted to disclose his location, stem from the comments they made this morning about the heavy deployment of security agents in Kasese town.

“When the operation started at mid night on Monday, for us we started telling people what was happening. I did not think this would turn out to be hunted,” a presenter at one of the radio stations in Kasese town told news desk.

He said that as journalists, it was their duty to inform the public about what was going on.

Meanwhile, the Bakonjo community has vowed to do what it takes to stop police from arresting Prince Christopher Kibanzanga.

Police had Tuesday morning deployed at Kibazanga’s residence with intension of arresting him and called in welders to break the main gate in to Kibanzanga’s home but later gave it a second thought.

“You cannot humiliate a prince like that. Kibanzabga is not a common man to be arrested like a chicken thief. If police had summoned him, he should have definitely gone, but for them they just want to show off,” Celestine Masereka, a neighbor told this news website.

1:56: DP President Norbert Mao says FDC’s Francis Mwijukye narrowly survived being killed by Kale Kayihura’s coppers in Kasese today.

“Brave DP youth led by our press officer Lameck Kamya Kasozi quickly arranged a getaway car and whisked him out of Kasese under cover avoiding all police roadblocks. He is now safely in a location we cannot disclose,” says Mao.

1:00pm: The number of arrested youth in Kasese shoots to 150 from 40. Police step up deployment in the area as the situation rapidly gets out of hand. Deputy police publicist Emilian Kayima now heading to the chaotic area.

11:00am: Arrested FDC youth in Kasese are taken to Fort Portal Police station.

Over 40 youth who were arrested in Kasese municipality on Tuesday morning have been transferred to Fort Portal in Kabarole district.

A source at Fort Portal Police station has revealed that screening has started and they will soon be brought to court to face charges which will be preferred to them after police finish investigations.

The youth were picked from Rock Gardens Hotel in Kasese at 5am. The youth were some of those whom FDC party was intending to use as polling agents for their candidate Winfred Kizza.

Sources in Kasese town have revealed that any suspected stranger in the district is asked the reason why he is in the district.

He said even journalists from outside the country are asked to identify themselves which has forced many who had come to cover the tomorrow’s polls to flee.

“There is no story that is more important than my life. I had to flee when things went bard to save my life. The situation is still tense and we need prayers,” Ninsiima, a freelance journalist told our Chimp Corps.

Meanwhile, calm is returning to Kasese Municipality after police and FDC supporters had running battles as they tried to arrest Christopher Kibanzanga.

Julius Musiime, a resident in Nyamwamba division says although there is still heavy deployment in the area, the rumbling of gunfire and tear gas have stopped.

Police remains heavily deployed outside Kibanzanga’s residence.

Recently, the IGP Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura told reporters that he is ready for the Kasese district polls and warned political parties not to ferry Kanyamas into the district

9:30am: Police are using live bullets and tear gas to disperse FDC supporters who are protesting the planned arrest of Christopher Kibanzanga.

Police have raided Kibanzanga’s home in Nyamwamba division in Kasese Municipality to arrest him on allegations that are not yet known.

But FDC supporters have now provided a human shield to Kibanzanga.

Residents are pelting police with stones in response to bullets and teargas canisters being used by the force.

Chimp Corp Junior, who is at the scene, says FDC youth are enduring tear gas in a bid to protect Kibanzanga from arrest.

FDC national mobiliser and former army commander Maj. Gen Mugisha Muntu has arrived at Kibanzanga’s residence and is now engaged in discussions with security officers on how to handle the planned arrest.

Business in the municipality has come to a standstill as many traders have locked their shops.

Junior says this could be the bloodiest by-election since 2011.

Christopher Kibazanga, is a former MP for Busongora south and in last year’s election he contested in the election bid for the Kasese district LC 5 Seat and lost to Lt. Col Mawa Muhindo of NRM.

Kibanzanga is also a prince in the Rwenzururu Kingdom.

Being an FDC strong many in Rwenzori region, Kibanzanga’s defeat was seen as a big blow to the FDC party and its future in Kasese district.

8:30am: Police in Kasese have arrested 40 opposition youth leaders from their lodges in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Inter Party Cooperation (IPC) coordinator Kalike Nyango has told news desk today morning the arrested vigilantes, who include Buganda Youth leader Kaaya Rajab, were later detained at Kasese police station.

“This is totally unacceptable. If this police brutality does not stop, we shall not have an election here in Kasese,” Nyango threatened.

The youth were picked from Rock Gardens Hotel in Kasese at 5am.

Nyango further revealed the polling materials had been dispatched to sub-counties today which has never happened before in the history of Uganda.

“Polling materials are supposed to be delivered in the early morning of the polling day not a day before. This will allow some people to tamper with them thus rigging,” cautioned Nyango.

More information obtained indicates that police have today sealed off former FDC MP Christopher Kibanzanga’s house on a mission to arrest him.

Hundreds of youth responded by storming the area to protect Kibanzanga from arrest.

“Kibanzanga’s house is under siege. It’s unreachable,” said Nyango.

“The police are threatening to arrest all opposition leaders who include Wafula Oguttu, Augustine Ruzindana and Alice Alaso,” said Nyango.

The police operations are being coordinated by Kasese DPC, a one Jonathan, who was recently transferred from Rwego, Masaka.

Police boss Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura yesterday said he was ready for battles with FDC vigilantes in the by-election.

He accused them of creating insecurity in the previous election exercises.

The election pits FDC iron woman Winfred Kiiza and NRM’s Rehema Muhindo.

Below are some of the names of arrested youth.

Godfrey Kibango

Godfrey Ahimbisibwe

Fred Bataringaya

Steven Agaba

Wilberforce Mukasa

Tadewo Tindarya

Reagan Kanyesigye

Friday Kwikiriza

Taras Mujuni

Moses Muzoora

Richard Kaliisa

Ibrahim Kasozi

James Sekilime

Ismail Damba

Walid Mulindwa

Amisi Musoke

Rajab Kaaya

David Musoke

Asuman Ntare

Abbas K

Arafat Kaweesa

Ronald Katamba

Walid Lubega

Feddu Kigenyi

Edrissa Mutebi

Nasif Wadana

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