Police arrest John Katumba, block his rallies in Iganga and Jinja

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Police led by Kenneth Muheirwe, the Iganga district police commander (DPC) yesterday arrested independent Presidential candidate John Katumba before escorting him out of Iganga town.

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Katumba started with a procession along Iganga Main street. However, police intercepted his vehicle and blocked him from conducting his activities.

He later drove to Jinja central business area and again jumped out of his vehicle, however, police officers led by the in-charge of the Jinja city police station, Moses Kamomo arrested Katumba and directed him to return to his vehicle. Kamomo argued that Katumba was not supposed to hold campaigns in Jinja on Thursday.

“They threw me out of Igaga town where I was supposed to hold my campaign. I came to Jinja to have something to eat because Jinja is my next destination. However, even in Jinja, the moment they saw me, you saw what happened. Me, am of a view that we can’t afford this situation having encountered it. If the police is one-sided then I don’t know what to do because if it was another party it would be different. Even in Arua, it was also a tug of war,” Katumba said while speaking to an Observer journalist.

Katumba was forced out of Jinja town through the Nile Bridge and cautioned to follow his campaign schedules.

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