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Police arrest 2 NUP Supporters for assaulting NRM supporter

MUKONO: Police in Mukono has arrested two men pupported to be NUP Supporters accused of assaulting a Museveni supporter who they beat up for wearing a T-shirt of the National Resistance Movement (NRM).

The suspects were arrested on Monday following a clash between supporters of NUP candidate Abdallah Kiwanuka and security personnel and are now in Police custody.

Police says Mr. Abdallah Kiwanuka, an MP candidate for Mukono North on National Unity platform( NUP) ticket held a campaign rally at Katoogo Trading Centre which was attended by more than 200 people, who didn’t follow the Ministry of Health standard operating procedures and Independent Electoral Commission guidelines.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson SP Patrick Onyango said the rally also went past the official campaign time of 1800hrs.

“During the rally, it is alleged that his supporters assaulted a one Joseph Lujja, 26, a resident of Buyuki village Katoogo Parish Nama Sub County, who was wearing a yellow NRM T-shirt, as he was approaching their campaign venue.He was hit with sticks on the head,” Onyango said.

It is also claimed that Abdallah’s supporters then started defacing posters including that of NRM MP candidate Ronald Kibuule and destroyed other properties.

Security personnel, including LDUs attached to Mukono battalion, responded immediately.

Although the team met some resistance, Onyango said they managed to arrest two people, who are now detained at Mukono Police Station. The suspects are Robert Kato and Daniel Mutebi.

Police in Mukono are still looking for other suspects.

“Statements have been recorded from eyewitnesses and the scene visited.
A medical form has been issued to the victim,” he said.

“We want to warn politicians who are inciting their supporters to engage in violence to stop forthwith otherwise the long arm of the law will catch up with them.” he added.

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