Police have Monday morning arrested University researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi and events promoter Andrew Mukasa alias Bajjo while allegedly protesting the delayed relief food distribution, according to SP Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson.
The duo was arrested together with two other people including Sharon Kemigisha and a one Sserunkuma from around Buganda road court.
Nyanzi had earlier on Monday posted on her Facebook page that she was going to march through Kampala city with her empty saucepans in company of her “hungry children, in protest against the hunger pandemic spreading all over Uganda during the Covid-19 lockdown.”
She said her sister and comrade Nana Mbarikiwa and her children were as well going to join her on the march to petition the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda on the same.
“We are taking a petition to the Prime Minister who is the head of the Covid-19 task force. We are going on a lunch date with Dr. Ruhukana Rugunda. We hope he will fill our empty sauce pans and cooking pots with good things,” said the controversial Researcher.
“Please join us as we march through the city with our pots and pans. Please join us as we resist the evils born out of the Covid-19 lockdown in Uganda. Please come and march for the hungry, the starving, the dying, the locked in vulnerable,” she added.
They were however arrested by security personnel from the Uganda Police as they approached Buganda Road Court and taken to the Central Police Station.
Onyango says the suspects who he says were armed with saucepans and other items claiming to be starving from home with no food were instead using the COVID-19 crisis to advance their political motives.
“They were saying that they are protesting the delayed food distribution and that they wanted lunch but if you see, they are trying to put forward a political agenda, they are using this situation when people are suffering as one of the ways to advance their political goals. It is not that they are suffering or feeling the pinch but mere politicking,” SP Onyango told this news website.
He says the suspects are charged with inciting violence.