Ugandan Police Force have arrested 40 people during an operation against supporters of opposition leader Bobi Wine who is reportedly under house arrest after returning from abroad “for inciting violence.”
The 40 were held in the capital Kampala and elsewhere as authorities thwarted plans to hold what the opposition had described as a million-strong march on Thursday.
The Police said: “the security operation conducted on Thursday, 5th October 2023, was a success and concluded peacefully.”
“A total of 40 suspects, including Member of Parliament Hon. Matovu Charles (Busiro South), were apprehended for inciting violence.”
“Various items intended for use in processions, such as red berets, handheld megaphone speakers, and white and red T-shirts branded ‘Kunga Uganda’ (to help Uganda or to serve Uganda), were recovered and exhibited,” Police spokesperson said in a statement on X (Formerly Twitter).
They relevant statements were taken, and all 40 arrested suspects underwent fingerprinting and profiling.
“These individuals will face charges in court as operations persist,” it added.
According to multiple reports and viral videos, Bobi Wine was arrested upon returning from Abroad at Entebbe International Airport.
But the police has denied arresting the opposition leader and said they rather “escorted” him to his residence that night.