Police yesterday began the implementation of the ban on civilian use of red berets with the arrest of six supporters of opposition MP and presidential hopeful Bobi Wine.
The red berets, formerly a symbol for Mr Wine’s ‘People Power’ movement is now banned to civilians and is a preserve of the army according to new legislation.
Joel Senyonyi, spokesman for Wine’s People Power movement, told Reuters the youths were detained in Kabalagala, a suburb in the south of the capital Kampala where they were holding a news conference to denounce the government’s red beret ban.
“The youths were emphasising that we commit no offense when we wear these berets,” Senyonyi said, adding that police stormed the event and detained the six while others fled.
“The beret, it’s our symbol. When we wear those berets we identify not just with People Power but with the cause for a better Uganda,” he said.
Wine, 37, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has rattled the government since becoming a legislator in 2017 with a line in caustic criticism that has earned him growing suppor