Police Wednesday fired teargas to disperse supporters of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine in Kalangala Island who were protesting his arrest.
The National Unity Platform presidential candidate made it to Kalangala Island aboard MV Ssese.
The candidate was supposed to traverse landing sites of Namisoke, Kachanga and Kachungwa en-route to Kalangala town.
But before he could start campaigning, military police arrested him with all his bodyguards.
About 20kms from the scene of arrest, a military chopper waited at Kibango C/U sports ground to airlift him back to Kampala.
The candidate and his campaign team were placed under a security operatives siege after their arrest.
Police denied arresting him, saying it had just restrained him from breaking Health ministry guidelines in the face of increasing coronavirus cases.
Police confirmed it was taking him back to his home in Magere, Wakiso district.
However, his advance team was arrested for violating SOPs, inciting violence, defying police orders and allegedly deflating police vehicles’ tyres etc and would be made to record statements.
During the fracas, journalists on his campaign trail were arrested but shortly released on orders of a security operative who had disguised as a journalist.
“I’ve been arrested,” tweeted BBS TV journalist Culton Scovia Nakamya.
She shortly after tweeted again: “I have been released. The crime I was accused of is giving updates.”
The journalists’ quick release follows a massive walkout on a security briefing by UPDF on Monday at Uganda Media Centre.