By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza
Local music pop musician Mathias Walukagga might spend Christmas behind bars after police named him among ring leaders of the recent ‘Free Bobi Wine’ riots.
The police say that Walukagga working alongside People Power pressure group members Malingolingo Nkendi, Ashraf Machete, the commander of Freedom Boda-boda, Nusfa Nakato, who is vying for councillorship at Kampala Capital City Authority and KCCA councillor for Kawempe North Saul Kulya, Mama Kampala, a NUP mobilizer in Kyebando and Bwaise as well as Thomas Bagonza, the NUP candidate for Bwaise 2councillor, in Kawempe division together fuelled the flames of the riots, which left over 45 people dead.
According to Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, the ring leaders who are all still at large, coordinated the violent, political and criminal demonstrations that led to over 45 people being killed and others injured.
Enanga said the violent acts dramatically escalated after some bloggers posted fake news that NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi had been killed.
Enanga explained that a NUP cell at Kiseka market began the protests with the burning of tyres before they spread to other areas.
“All indicators reveal that these events were not just impromptu actions, but part of a loosely coordinated campaign by the political group in the Central, Kampala Metropolitan, Greater Masaka, Busoga and Elgon sub-regions,” Enanga said.
The riots began after the arrest of NUP presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine at Luuka Asada Grounds, in Luuka District, over allegedly disregarding the Electoral Commission guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Walukaga, who is vying for the Kyengera-Nsanji Mayoral seat, is said to have abandoned his home and fled into hiding after Enanga called him and told him to handover himself before he is arrested.