Photos: Teargas, bullets, stones in Lyantonde riot

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Teargas and rubber bullets are being reported in Lyantonde town where FDC politicians are being held.

Police first barricaded roads in Lwengo town council Masaka district throwing Besigye’s convoy of 20 cars into a terrible crash.

Lwengo DPC, Geoffrey Egwang, told URN that the Electoral Commission did not allow Besigye to commence rallies.

FDC leaders negotiated with police and managed to proceed.


Anti-riot police patrolling Lyantonde streets

They were, however, blocked again at Sanga in Lyantonde near Mbarara town.

Here, FDC youth; Atuhairwe Nicholas, Timbyetaho John, Kakwenza Isingoma, Okot Fred, Matsiko yasin, Mpangi Abdul and Fatuma Zaina, were arrested and locked away.

Police also arrested FDC senior members; Patrick Amuriat, Semujju Nganda, Paul Mwiru and Wasswa Biriggwa and rushed them to Lyantonde police station where they are now being held.

Among others detained is Ingrid Turinawe, FDC secretary for mobilisation and Organisation and Hon Harold Kaija.

Police then blocked journalists from accessing the station to interview the detainees.

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A gang of unknown persons then gathered in the town and staged a riot protesting the arrest of FDC members.

They came from Mbarara, Masaka and Rakai towns.

They reportedly pelted stones on police officers manning the entrance to the station.

Anti-riot police responded by firing teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the rioters.

Sources confirmed to us Besigye has also been taken to Kaguta Road police station and detained.

“He was hidden to avoid commotion,” a source said.

Present at the scene is Lyantonde MP Hon James Kakooza and DPC Henry Mugarura.

Earlier boda boda motor cyclists also clashed with police in their mission to rescue Besigye but were overpowered.

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