Eight Arrested for insulting President Museveni at Mbabazi's Party

Several members of the Crane Performers, a cultural entertainment group, were arrested by police for allegedly disrespecting President Yoweri Museveni during his speech at the 50th marriage anniversary of former prime minister Amama Mbabazi. 

The event, hosted by Mbabazi and his wife Jacqueline Mbabazi at Serena Hotel Kampala, was attended by family and friends to celebrate their 50 years of marriage. While Museveni was addressing the guests, some Crane Performers allegedly shouted at him in Runyankole, saying "you're over speaking, we are tired, leave the microphone."

This incident shocked many attendees, and security personnel, including Lt Tonny Komakech of the Special Forces Command (SFC), swiftly rounded up the Crane Performers as suspects. The group's director, Gordon Kayovu, was among those arrested. Other members arrested and taken to Kampala Central police station included Edward Tugume, David Muvunyi, Walter Oleng, Simon Bebwa, Paul Ruduli, and Tonny Okello.

A case file was opened, and charges of insulting the president were preferred against the suspects. Statements were recorded from the suspects and witnesses on Sunday, in the presence of SFC. The directorate of forensic science (DFS) was invited to profile and fingerprint the suspects. 

Despite a directive to release the suspects on police bond, tensions remained high, with SFC overseeing the process. It was noted that all arrested suspects were in possession of microphones during the incident.

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