Gordon Arinda’s first political procession turned chaotic this afternoon as police fired tear gas and live bullets in an attempt to block him and his supporters from matching through Bushenyi town.
Hundreds of people have turned up to welcome Gordon Arinda aka Cow boy who retired from public service last week to contest for Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipality parliamentary seat on the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket.
The Ishaka Bushenyi municipality seat is currently being held by Odo Tayebwa of Forum for Democratic Change.
Bushenyi acting Police Commander Peter Tinyebwa earlier Okayed Arinda’s procession from Rwentuha trading center to Bushenyi and Ishaka town and then lunch at Bushenyi Guest House which belongs to Arinda.
The procession started peacefully from Rwentuha to Bushenyi district headquarters but was later intercepted by anti-riot police commanded by the greater Bushenyi Regional Police Commander Paul Nkore blocking the road for an hour.
The situation turned chaotic when police swung into action and arrested Arinda together with seven of his supporters for staging illegal procession.
Police then moved to Bushenyi Guest House and fired tear gas to dispersed Arinda’s supporters who had gathered to welcome him to the place.
The windscreen of a vehicle registration number UAY 038Y was smashed by live bullets fired by police.
The greater Bushenyi Regional Police Commander, Paul Nkore says Arinda was arrested because he did not follow police directives.
Nkore says Arinda was supposed to drive straight to his guest house and not hold any procession.
He was held briefly and released.