Police in Wandegeya arrest 10 women for staging ‘free our husbands’ protest

Issue: Freedom of assembly

Date: 8 March 2023

Location: Kampala

No. of people affected: 10

Profession of affected person(s): Ordinary women

Perpetrator(s): Police

What happened

Police in Wandegeya on Women’s Day arrested and detained ten women for participating in an unlawful assembly and inciting violence. The women arrested Wednesday from Kalerwe zone, Mulago III parish, Kawempe division in Kampala District, were staging a ‘free our husbands’ protest and were demonstrating over their continued detention of their husbands, saying it’s meaningless to celebrate International Women’s Day amidst challenges.

They were carrying placards written; ‘stop torture’, ‘Free my husband’, and ‘we want equality for Mrs Olivia Lutaya’, among others. According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, SSP Patrick Onyango, the suspects allegedly planned for the demonstration from National Unity Platform (NUP) offices at Makerere Kavule, then moved one by one and assembled at Zakaria plaza and they matched up to Kalerwe market.

The suspects include: Kyeone Stella, Nakiku Allen, Namatovu Milly, Nankya Fiona, Sselonga Rukia, Bulungi Jackie, Nantume Allen, Sylvia, Ramuto Apio Flavia, and Nyanzi Elizabeth, remain detained at Wandegeya Police Station as investigations continue.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor 

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