Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed that the duo recorded statements and had since been released unconditionally.

?These were merely preventive arrests because they had not complied with section 5 of the Public Order Management Act which stipulates that they are supposed to inform police three days in advance? Enanga stressed.

He added Besigye?s request to hold consultative meetings was only filed on Thursday morning and there wasn?t ample time for it to be processed.

Enanga also said that Mbabazi?s preventive arrest was simply meant to keep law and order.

?There was no damage because he was stopped before reaching the venue? he added.

Mbabazi arrested

Mbabazi recorded a statement at Kiira Road Police Station where he was beind detained..

Enanga said they arrested Mbabazi after he disobeyed lawful orders from a police officer.

?We had to stop him in Njeru this morning and record a statement from him after he disobeyed a lawful order from a uniformed officer.

A police officer in full uniform stopped him from proceeding to Mbale for his meetings which were declared illegal by his party and the Electoral Commission which has the mandate to clear all aspiring candidates including those going for consultations but when the officer asked him to go back to Kampala he insisted and that was why we arrested him,? he said.

Mbabazi?s lawyer Friday Kagoro confirmed that his client had recorded a statement of disobeying lawful orders after encountering police led by Director of Police Operations Felix Kaweesi at Njeru.

Earlier on, Mbabazi daughter Nina Rukikaire posted that the Kiira Road Police station had granted his father a bond.

?Amama Mbabazi has been given bond and released. The crime, we don?t know as Enanga says that it was preventative arrest,? Nina said.

Mbabazi was arrested on Thursday morning as he set off to Mbale to consult the National Resistance Movement delegates as he seeks to campaigns to become the party?s flag bearer.

His bid however has received opposition from his NRM party, Electoral Commission and the Police which all declared his meetings illegal.

By Edward Anyoli and Charles Etukuri, The New Vision

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