Police arrests 20 FDC fans over hunger strike


Police in Mbarara district has arrested 20 members of Forum for Democratic Change who were planning a hunger strike in Mbarara town.

Jeffer Magyezi, the Mbarara District Police commander, told Uganda Radio Netwok that the suspects started by blocking Buremba road with stones and logs.

Five of them were arrested in Kakoba division.

He says the suspects were interviewed and released shortly after.

The activists had planned to storm Mbarara Independence grounds and stage a hunger strike.

Last week, FDC announced that party supporters in Mbarara would hold peaceful demonstrations on a daily to protest the expected swearing-in of President Museveni next month.


Policemen corner a female FDC activist in Mbarara

Speaking during the weekly ‘Free My Vote’ prayers at the FDC offices in Mbarara Town, Peter Byamukama, the FDC publicity secretary for western Uganda, said demonstrations will go on until the day the President is sworn-in.

He also asked youth in the region to support the party demand for recognition of Dr Kizza Besigye as the winner of the election.

Police responded by arresting 15 supporters who allegedly tried to hold an unlawful demonstration in the town.

The group was protesting the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss a petition filed by Amama Mbabazi to challenge the February presidential election results.

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