Democratic Party (DP) outspoken “Chief” (Moses) Mboowa and party diehard, Hakim Kizza has been remanded to Luzira prison following their arrest earlier.
The two were among other 18 party members arrested by Police while demonstrating against the perceived looming constitutional amendments, under the campaign dubbed, “K’ogikwatako”.
The two were paraded before Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate Joan Aciro and read charges of holding unlawful assembly, a case they committed on July 20th during the launch of the K’ogikwatako campaign.
According to the party Administrative Secretary, Peter Ssempijja The two will be appearing before Court tomorrow and will be applying for bail.
“Let’s be in Buganda Road Court tomorrow with necessary documents to stand surety at 9:00 am when our colleagues will be produced for a bail application,” reads a circular issued by Ssempijja.
Ssempijja revealed that a total of 18 party members have been arrested today and are still under incarceration at the Central Police Station (CPS) in Kampala.
Those arrested include; the party Vice President, Hon. Fred Mukasa Mbidde, Councilor Joseph Lubanga, Kassim Jjagwe, Zaid Nsubuga, Francis Kizito, Richard Kavuma, Catherine Namuli, Ambrose Muganira, Emmanuel Kizza, Issa Mukwaya, Jimmy Kibuuka, Joseph Sserwaniko, Anthony Waddimba, Moses Katende, Drake Ssematiko, Richard Kayima as well as Chief Mboowa and Hakim Kizza who have been remanded to Luzira.
Chimpreports has learnt that the party administration in currently working around the clock to process police bonds for the rest of the members including the EALA Member of Parliament, Fred Mukasa Mbidde.
Police Speaks Out
However, while commenting on the arrest of DP members, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Emilian Kayima said the party didn’t seek clearance before holding their activities.
“We had a meeting on July 20th between the Commander Metropolitan (Joseph Bakaleke) and the DP President General Norbert Mao and we agreed that for them to go on with the planned meetings across the country, they had to do what the law requires,” Kayima said.
He added that the group never received clearance from the IGP allowing them to hold their planned activities; or from KCCA, the owner of the Constitution Square.
“Our thinking is that they are just bent on confrontation as a game they enjoy. We have them down here, they will record statements and we shall detain them, finish recording statements and we shall process their files; the offence is clear, ‘Having an unlawful assembly’ which is an offence under the penal code act and we shall prefer that.”