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Journalists, MPs arrested in Masaka at DP rally

Three journalists were arrested as police blocked a planned revival meeting by the opposition Democratic Party in Masaka today.

They include Uganda Radio Network's Edward Bindhe, Vision Group’s  Hanipher Namuwonge and Robert Nsubuga a reporter with  BBS TV. They spent part of Sunday at Lukaya police station in Kalungu district

The journalists were arrested as they covered running battles between police and the DP members who had intended to hold a revival meeting in the area. But police said the meeting was unlawful.

The journalists, who were  arrested alongside Masaka municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga, were accused of interfering with  police operations against a group of DP supporters led by Mukono municipality MP Betty Nambooze.

MP Mathias Mpuuga (3rd R) with journalists Hanipher Namuwonge (2nd R) and Robert Nsubuga (R) 

They were later released without charge. Greater Masaka regional Police commander Latiff Zzaake says they received orders from police headquarters in Kampala to block the planned meeting over non compliance with the law.

Meanwhile during the scuffles, Nambooze assaulted NTV's Masaka correspondent, Issa Aliga. She also grabbed a camera belonging to Daily Monitor's Martins Ssekweyama. Nambooze reportedly accused the journalists of covering her arrest.

The situation remains tense in Masaka municipality as police continues to battle angry DP supporters who are protesting the arrest of some of their members.

Many shops have closed as police fire bullets and tire gas canisters to disperse angry DP supporters who has attempted to storm Masaka Central Police Station.