Police officers at the Special Investigations Division (SIU) headquarters in Kireka were on Tuesday engaged in an altercation with supporters of detained pastor of Watchman Ministries, Joseph Kabuleta who were demanding his release.
The self-styled pastor Kabuleta was arrested by detectives ahead of his Friday evening fellowship last week at UMA show grounds in Kampala and has since been locked up at the Special Investigations Division (SIU) headquarters in Kireka on charges of offensive communication in regards to his Facebook post “Kabuleta’s weekly rants” in which he reportedly referred to the President as a Liar, Thief and Gambler.
His followers this morning stormed the station demanding to know why he was not appearing before court since his arrest on Friday evening, since Police are required to produce suspects in court within 48 hours from arrest.
At least 40 people donning T-shirts with the inscription Free Kabuleta “Freedom of Expression Online” stormed SIU in Kireka demanding his immediate release. However, Police only allowed in a team of lawyers led by Daniel Walyemera to speak to Kabuleta and ordered the remaining group to wait from somewhere else.
But drama started when the group enclosed the place immediately before the Police unit and started fellowshipping as they demanded for Kabuleta’s release.
They also chanted Free JK prompting the deployment of Anti-riot Police and Local Defense Unit. Police tried in vain to negotiate with the protesters to vacate the area, saying they don’t have permission to assemble.
Desteo Ahumuza the Officer in Charge of Kireka, who led the operation against the protestors, said they don’t know the intentions of the group, whose numbers kept increasing and told the protesters that Kabuleta would be arraigned in court but didn’t specify when.
while addressing the media in Kampala this morning, Mike Chibita the Director of Public Prosecutions promised to make a decision on case file before the close of Friday this week.
He also acknowledged receipt of the case file from the Police’s Special Investigations Division (SID) for perusal, and noted that given the sensitivity of the matter, they are going to ensure that their decision is made by Friday.