The Uganda Police has trashed rumors doing rounds that police deliberately targetted and arrested 4 politicians at NBS television on Tuesday night.
According to the police, its action to deploy at NBS television was merely to enforce the presidential directives on curfew and not to arrest politicians for statements made on the talk show.
On Tuesday night Police rumors made rounds that 3 politicians including Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the MP for Kira municipality, Betty Bakireke Nambooze, the MP for Mukono municipality and Fred Nyanzi, the People Power coordinator in charge of the informal sector had been unlawfully arrested after a night talk show called Barometer.
However,4 people were arrested including Guster Opondo, James Mubiru James, Charles Rwomushana, and Ali Abdallah, and 3 three persons that participated in the talk show were not arrested.
Meanwhile, Ssemujju and Nambooze, rushed back to the premises of NBS to spend the night while James Kakooza who was in the company of three UPDF soldiers was allowed to go.
Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy spokesperson of Kampala Metropolitan Police says police stationed at the Kayunga Road junction from Mulago going to Acacia to enforce the presidential directives and the politicians were found on the wrong side of the law.
Owoyesigyire says police were carrying out an operation to capture both drivers and persons on foot at the 4 roads and that’s how the politicians were intercepted.
He says all those arrested in the operation have been charged with disobedience of lawful dosobedience of lawful.
Ssemujju however insists that the deployment was deliberately aimed at targeting them for statements made during the show.