2 February 2016

Uganda: Kamuswaga Arrested for Crashing Into VP Ssekandi's Convoy

Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli, the Kamuswaga of Kooki Chiefdom was arrested this afternoon by Special Forces Command officers for attempting to crash into the convoy of the Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi.

The incident happened at Kyajubira village near Bukunda trading center along Masaka-Mutukula Highway. Eye witnesses say trouble started after Kamuswaga, who was driving himself in his official vehicle, refused to give way to Ssekandi's convoy.

Ssekandi was returning from his campaigns in Kyanamukaka Sub county and was heading to his home in Kizungu zone in Masaka municipality.

Musa Bate says Kamuswaga's vehicle nearly crashed into Ssekandi's vehicle at Kyajubira village. As a result, Ssekandi's body guards swung into action and attempted to shoot Kamuswaga prompting him to draw out his gun and point it at the guards, leading to a scuffle.

However, Ssekandi's guards overpowered Kamuswaga who was driving in his vehicle with unidentified woman and one guard. The guards arrested Kamuswaga, removed his shoes and bundled him unto a police pick up before speeding off to Masaka central police station. Kamuswaga's sportswear was torn in the scuffle as he tried to resist arrest.

The guards impounded Kamuswaga's royal vehicle and drove it to Masaka police station. John Mwaule, the Masaka District Police Commander confirmed Kamuswaga's arrest but declined to divulge details. Kamuswaga was held briefly and released without charge.

Noah Sserujogi, the Greater Masaka Regional Police Spokesperson, says Police also released Kamuswaga's vehicles and the people he was traveling with. He says the SFC soldiers who arrested Kamuswaga didn't know that he was a cultural leader.

The arrest of Kamuswaga has drawn angry reactions from his loyalists. A group of Bakooki in Masaka stormed Masaka police station to protest the manner, in which Kamuswaga was arrested.

Muhammad Musoke, who claims to be a Mukooki, claims that Ssekandi's guards arrested Kamuswaga in an embarrassing manner.

According to Musoke, the guards should have resolved the dispute diplomatically without embarrassing the Kamuswaga.



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