Military police has taken over security at Masindi Central Police station amid fears that residents could storm the Police station demanding the release of two suspects arrested in connection with a petition over the delayed works on Kigumba-Kyenjojo road.
Jonathan Akwetereiho, a freelance journalist and Rodgers Kanti a businessman in Masindi were arrested for allegedly inciting violence when they started a campaign to collect signatures to petition parliament over the delayed road works.
Kanti was arrested on Friday evening while distributing the forms while Akwetereiho was detained on Saturday when he went to check on Kanti. The two have since been detained at Masindi police station on charges of inciting violence.
The arrest of the duo has not gone down with residents with some of them threatening to attack Masindi central police station to demand their release.
This morning, Military police took over security at the central station and started screening whoever accesses the police premises. Journalists have also been barred from accessing the premises with their gadgets.
Mohammed Ssendegeya, a reporter with Bukedde Newspaper based in Masindi says they have been restricted from accessing the premises with cameras and recorders. He says his Red pepper colleague Augustus Bigirwenkya had his camera briefly confiscated when he tried to take pictures.
In a telephone interview from Masindi the Albertine region police spokesperson Lydia Tumushabe said Military police had deployed to prevent an attack on the police station by residents. She explained that the two suspects will either appear in court or be bonded out later today.
Despite the heavy police presence, residents have surrounded the area. Barnabas Tinkasimire, the Buyaga West Member of Parliament is among those at Masindi police station. Unlike residents who have been barred from accessing the police premises, the MP was allowed in.
By time of filing the story, Tinkasimire, he was in a closed door meeting with police. However, our reporter couldn’t talk to the MP as his telephone was switched off.