Makerere University researcher and philanthropist turned politician Dr Stella Nyanzi and more than 12 others have been arrested and whisked to a yet to identified detention on allegations of holding unlawful protests.
Nyanzi was arrested in Down Town Kampala with others where they had gone to address the media on the continued closure of Arcades.
The media briefing was organized by Tycoon Godfrey Katongole, the chairman Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) at Nakaseero market.
These were seen carrying placards with messages written in different languages; “No Rent” “Museveni Gulawo Akeedi” “Museveni Open Arcades” and so much more agitating for government immediate reopening of Arcades.
Gov’t closedown Arcades and some other businesses in Kampala almost for the last threemonths to combat the possible spread of COVID-19 however some were allowed to reopen leaving arcade operators helplessly locked down.
President Museveni in his last nation address on cironavirus updates directed the ministries of health, Kampala and trade ministry to assess the situations in city arcades and draft measures upon which arcades should reopen under Standards Operations Procedures.
Officials have since then made some visits and two arcades were allowed to reopenas survey assessments to reconsider opening other arcades continues.
However, Dr Stella Nyanzi argue that the three months of lockdown have left business operators in arcades financially affected with many likely to face rent evictions on top of little or no food to feed their families.
Nyanzi had earlier on Monday announced she would hold a peaceful demonstration in Kampala demanding for the reopening of arcades but the protest slated for yesterday Tuesday 7july failed under unknownreasons only to regerminate today.
Its not clear whether Nyanzi used this as a trick to beat up security but what we can tell is that she’s right own watching the sunlight behind the bars.