Police has come out to explain the cause of the arrest and continued detention of political commentator and former head of Political Intelligence Desk at Internal Security Organization (ISO), Charles Rwomushana.
Rwomushana was Tuesday night arrested from NBS TV offices in Kamwokya after being hosted on a talkshow where he features as a regular panelist.
The same show also featured members of Parliament Betty Nambooze, Ssemujju Nganda, James Kakooza and a brother to Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Nyanzi Fred. These are reported to have slept at the TV station after getting information that security had deployed heavily around the building.
At the time, it was not known why the motor-mouthed commentator had been arrested and where he had been whisked but deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, ASP Luke Owoyesigire Wednesday afternoon told MbararaCity News that Rwomushana was arrested for flouting curfew time.
As one of the measures to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the country, Government announced a daily curfew from 9pm to 5:30am.
“We arrested him at night during curfew time” Owoyesigire said, without giving further details how why only Rwomushana was arrested yet the show had many panelists.
He however says the same night saw three other individuals including politicians arrested. These are ‘People Power Movement’s Dem Gaster Opondo, a young brother to Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo and a one Ali Abdallah whom Owoyesigire says was coming from Acacia Mall at the time.
James Mubiru an aspiring MP for Rubaga North also afflicted to ‘People Power’ was also arrested. Police said he was coming from Mulago.
The police spokesperson person says Rwomushana and the trio are charged with disobedience of lawful orders and currently detained at Kira road police station.
This news website has talked to Rwomushana who said that indeed he is at Kira road police station denied having be told the charge for which he is being held.
He alleges that he was arrested just moments afternoon walking out of the building by officers on waiting police patrol cars. He says he was in company of the rest of the panelists but for them, they ran back into the building.
“We were arrested by twelve 999 vehicles from NBS Television but Nambooze and others ran back inside but Kakooza who was briefly arrested with me was allowed to go and the security operatives went along with me to Kira where I am currently detained” Rwomushana said