The opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) party leadership, through the Office of the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, had organised and mobilised their supporters, especially the youths, to conduct violent riots across Kampala city and its suburbs.
According to an insider who preferred anonymity, the decision was reached by the party leadership in Kamwokyo to mobilise their supporters for riots on February 16th and 17th, 2023, in order to disrupt late Archbishop Janani Luwumu’s day celebrations countrywide.
“Mobilization of the youths for riots, especially in Kawempe and Makindye divisions, is going on.The rioters will specifically target the business community, government officials, security installations, and ordinary Ugandans who will not voluntarily participate in the demonstrations,” An insider revealed
The source said they had been mobilising rioters in Kawempe and Makindye divisions to violently protest against the continued detention of the two NUP legislators, Muhammad Segirinya and Allan Ssewanyana.
The source revealed that the leader of opposition in Parliament had written to the Inspector General of Police informing him about the planned public gatherings within the two divisions of Kawempe and Makindye that are represented by the two accused legislators in Parliament.
The agenda of the gatherings was to use their violent supporters to provoke security personnel, something that would result into confrontations and thereby spread violence to other parts of the city, according to the source.
However, the planned riots by NUP leaders and supporters suffered a setback after the two legislators were released on Monday by the High Court that sat in Masaka.
The High Court granted a UGX 20 million cash bail to the two Members of Parliament, Muhamed Ssegirinya of Kawempe South and Allan Ssewanyana of Makindye West. The duo were further directed to report once a month to the International Crimes Division of the High Court.