FDC chain protesters released on bail


Opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] supporters who were arrested for chaining themselves on poles in protest, have been released on bail.

FDC legal team secured the bail on Friday when the suspects appeared before Makindye Magistrates Court.

They include; George Kiyemba, Bukenya Mahad, John Kasaga, Askia Muhamad and Lubuuka Simon Peter.

These are part of the 12 youth who have been arrested and detained following their protest seeking for the release of Kizza Besigye from house arrest.

11 youth were arrested on Thursday from Clock Tower in downtown Kampala where they had chained themselves.

On Friday, another youth was picked from Kibuye roundabout along Entebbe road.

Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, said the act was in breach of public order law.

However, the activists claim their “Break the Chains” protest was a peaceful one and aimed at demonstrating against the “unfair conditions and the suffering that Ugandans are enduring”.

They accuse government of “illegally” detaining Dr Besigye and turning his home into a “gazetted detention centre”.

They demanded that police withdraws from Dr Besigye’s home immediately so that he can enjoy his freedom.

They further demanded that police desists from harassing and arresting opposition leaders throughout the country and puts an end to political persecution.

The activists also said that they reject the leadership of President Museveni claiming it was Besigye who won the February elections and hence deserved to be called president.

Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura said Friday in a statement that the youth were being funded by politicians to engage in illegal acts.

He said police would withdraw from Besigye’s home calling upon the youth to stop chaining themselves.

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