220 people arrested over walk-to-work

Friday April 15 2011

By Andrew Bagala

At least 220 people have been arrested countrywide in yesterday’s clashes between security forces and Ugandans who participated in the walk-to-work campaign in protest against rising food and fuel prices.

The suspects are now detained in different police stations on various offences including alleged incitement of violence, disobeying lawful orders, blocking traffic flow and holding illegal assemblies.

The walk-to-work campaign was organised by a pressure group Action 4 Change countrywide protesting high fuel prices and the rising cost of living.

Kampala led with 90 detained, 70 in Jinja District, three in Mukono District, 24 in Wakiso District and 20 suspects in Masaka District. An unknown number were also reportedly held in Mbarara, Soroti and Buikwe.
Youths blocked roads using debris and burnt furniture in the middle of the roads upon receiving news of the shooting of Dr Besigye by security forces.

Police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba confirmed the arrest of 103 people in Kampala and Wakiso districts. “We have submitted most of the files of the suspects to the resident state attorneys in different areas so that we can take them to court before the mandated 48 hours expires,” she said yesterday.