Another presidential aspirant arrested, detained


JEEMA Chairman, Kibirige Mayanja visiting Kalinge (C) and his son

Another Uganda presidential hopeful, Omar Kalinge Nnyago, has been arrested and thrown behind bars.

Kalinge, the former Secretary General of JEEMA party, was arrested on Friday at Makerere University and detained at Kawempe Police Station.

He had gone to attend a dialogue organized by Makerere students which was later blocked by police.

Also expected at the dialogue was former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, Kampala Central MP, Muhammad Nsereko, among others.

Police said the students had not sought permission to hold the meeting.

Teargas was even fired as police threatened to arrest Lukwago and lock him away.

In the same process, Kalinge and his son, Ahmed Omar, were arrested and whisked away.

While Kawempe police that provided custody remains silent on the matter, they agreed Kalinge was arrested on orders of Wandegeya DPC, Brian Ampaire.

JEEMA Chairman, Kibirige Mayanja, and President Asuman Basalirwa visited father and son at Kawempe police station.

The reason for their arrest is still unknown as they are not yet charged.

In a July 19, resignation letter, Kalinge said he wanted to relieve himself of the secretary general duties and stand as president of Uganda in 2016 elections.

An engineer by professional (went to NED University Pakistan), Kalinge is one of JEEMA’s long serving members.

Kalinge becomes the third presidential hopeful to be arrested and detained under unclear circumstances.

Amama Mbabazi, his daughter and Kizza Besigye were also arrested months back and detained for trying to hold consultative meetings without informing police.

Kalinge’s supporters claim he is being harassed to give up his chase for the top seat come 2016 general elections.

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