At least 20 members of the Uganda Young Democrats – UYD are still in police custody after they were arrested early this morning while attempting to attack the Democratic Party headquarters on William Street.
Those arrested include Luweero Woman MP Brenda Nabukenya and the suspended DP publicist Kenneth Kakande.
However, the group has refused to record statements at the Central Police Station in Kampala.
According to police, the UYD members planned raid was prompted by DP President Norbert Mao’s suspension of Kenneth Paul Kakande from the party after he insisted on holding a UYD delegates conference in Namboole. Kakande is the acting DP spokesperson.
Police has been guarding the party headquarters for the second day running.
DP National Executive Committee – NEC put a stop to the UYD delegates conference after suspecting that their activities were being funded by the For God and My Country (4GC) pressure group led by former FDC leader Dr. Kizza Besigye.
DP suspects 4GC wants to use the DP Youth wing in its efforts to mobilize Ugandans into an uprising.
Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Ibn Ssenkumbi told Redpepper Online that police had received prior information that the UYD members were planning to raid the DP headquarters.
DP Deputy Secretary General Vincent Mayanja confirmed the arrest of about 30 UYD youth but accused police of playing partisan politics in the affairs of DP. Mayanja wondered how an opposition politician could order police to stop a delegates conference and they go ahead and do it.
According to Mayanja, the issue is whether UYD can elect or not and whether it’s autonomous or not.
Sources within the party tell our reporter that this latest development is a manifestation of the dissatisfaction against Norbert Mao’s leadership and want to have him thrown out of DP