The Police in Kampala on Tuesday arrested eight members of the Democratic Party including legislator Dr. Michael Lulume Bayiga and detained them on allegations of inciting violence.
The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, confirmed the development and said the eight were arrested following a scuffle at their party headquarters on Balintuma Road in Mengo, Lubaga Division.
He said the disgruntled members stormed the office and attempted to evict the team that was in charge of the place.
He, however, explained that officers from Old Kampala Police Station dispatched a team that rescued the situation.
He identified the suspects as Dr. Lulume, Samuel Lubega Mukaaku, Patrick Ssekamatte, Alex Ntale, John Bosco Mulindwa, Godfrey Kaweesi, Alex Michael Mugagga and David Kyakoonye.
The eight, who were still being detained at Old Kampala police station were facing charges of criminal trespass and incitement to violence. Their file was still being worked and according to Onyango, it will be submitted to the DPP for advice.
Onyango appealed to the group contesting President General, Norbert Mao’s signing of an agreement with the NRM government and accepting a ministerial post to use the available channels including the DP Constitution and other laws to address their concerns.
Lulume and the group complained that their party headquarters had been taken over by security forces and were determined to liberate it. However, Fred Mwesigwa, the in-charge information at the DP headquarters warned that they would use all means to fight anyone who will attempt to attack the offices.
He told journalists that they would not use government security but that they were going to mobilize members who own the party to fight back. By press time, the police were still deployed at the offices.