At least 17 people, including a South Sudan government official, were arrested in bars and detained on Saturday on allegations of smoking tobacco in public places.
Police in Kampala said the suspects, one of whom identified himself as a minister in the East African country had been detained at Kabalagala Police Division.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, confirmed the arrest on Sunday and added that: “He (the minister) only identified himself in the morning during suspects’ parade. He has been released after establishing his particulars.”
Although police declined to state whether he will be arraigned in court, sources say he might not be taken to court in order to avoid ruining the diplomatic relationship between two countries.
Police raided Kampala Forest, De Posh and Savanah bars on Saturday evening where they arrested the suspects.