At least four people have been arrested as anti-riot police break up a demonstration in Fort Portal town. In the morning, Tooro Kingdom youths declared what they call a Dark Monday to protest President Museveni’s reference to King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV as a boy.
More than thirty youths dressed in black and carrying placards converged at the Kingdom headquarters in Mucwa ready to march to Fort Portal town. They were however blocked at Maguru by anti-riot police commanded by the District Police Commander, Geoffrey Kaheebwa.
Kaheebwa ordered the youths to disperse, but they resisted. Police forcefully moved in and tore the placards and arrested four youths who were taken to Fort Portal police station. Those arrested are Herbert Mugisa, the Local Council 3 Chairperson for South Division in Fort Portal Municipality, Steven Ayesiga, Henry Kayondo and Bob Mugume Kaliba.
Some of the youths went to Fort Portal town and converged in the centre of town. They were joined by other residents of Fort Portal. The anti-riot police followed them and asked them to disperse but they refused.
By the time of filing this story, there was still a standoff between the police and the protesters, whose number has now increased. Some traders have closed their shops.
Recently, King Oyo complained about what he called the division of his kingdom to create smaller parallel institutions. His complaint and threat to go on a hunger strike followed the installation of Major Martin Kamya as a cultural leader for the Bamba-Babwisi community.
President Museveni was later quoted in the media as saying the Tooro King, whom he referred to as a boy, was free to fast as it would help him check his weight.