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Arrested FDC youth wanted to incite violence - Police

By Jeff Andrew Lule

Added 23rd February 2016 06:16 PM

Party chairperson Wasswa Birigwa denied the allegations, saying those arrested had just arrived at the party office to submit their forms

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Journalists and supporters stand outside the FDC party headoffices in Najjanamkumbi on 22nd Feb 2016. Eight youth were arrested from there purpotedly plotting to cause violence. By Nicholas Oneal

Party chairperson Wasswa Birigwa denied the allegations, saying those arrested had just arrived at the party office to submit their forms

The eight Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) youth who were arrested from the party headquarters on Monday wanted to incite violence in the city, Police have said.

Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson, said the group was already coordinating others members of the so-called P10 FDC militia group from other parts of the country to storm the city and protest the Presidential election results which were announced on Saturday.

"These were members of the P10 group. We realized they were mobilizing and coordinating other members from up country to incite violence. That is why we arrested them," he noted.

The eight are to face charges of inciting violence.

However, the party chairperson, Wasswa Birigwa denied the allegations, saying those arrested had just arrived at the party office to submit their forms.  

"So when police came in, they asked all people to present their identifications. Those without IDs were arrested. But they are not P10. Even the P10 was just encouraging people to vote and elections are done," he said.

Electoral Commission's chairperson, Eng. Badru Kiggundu announced the National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearer, Yoweri Museveni, winner of the 2016 Presidential race with, 60.7%, defeating seven other opponents. His closest rival the FDC flag bearer, came second with 33.3% which the party has continually contested.

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