Government says presidential candidates, Amama Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye, are plotting something evil.
On Saturday, Amama paid a visit to Col (Rtd) Kizza Besigye at his Kasangati home.
He was accompanied by leaders of TDA (U) Go Forward including Hon Mathias Nsubuga Secretary General DP, Hon Mike Mabikke President General SDP, Sadam Gayira, Vice Chairman PPP, and Asuman Basalirwa President JEEMA.
The visit was aimed at having discussions on the way forward for Uganda.
However, Amama was cornered by police on Gayaza road and prevented from reaching Besigye’s home.
“The Go Forward/TDA (U) team was not able to reach Kizza Besigye’s home,” Amama said in a social media messages.
“The reasons advanced by the police were that 1) it was for my safety and 2) Kizza Besigye and myself were plotting something sinister.”
Police didn’t disclose what the plot was about.
According to Amama, “this is most unfortunate that the meeting of citizens can be construed as “plotting”.”
He was forced to turn back and return to Kampala.
Police then heavily deployed and sealed off Amama’s Kololo based home.
On Saturday, journalists who had gathered at Besigye’s home ahead of Amama’s visit were arrested by police.
NTV cameraman Abubaker Zirabamuzaale and reporter Suhail Mugabi, Daily Monitor’s Eriasa Mukiibi and Abubaker Lubowa, were arrested on orders of Kasangati district police commander, James Kawalya.
NBS TV’s Moses Namayo, Jordan Mubangizi and NTV driver Fred Bwanika, were also detained on orders of police human resources director, Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
Police also blocked Besigye’s lawyers from accessing his home.
The lawyers were in the company of FDC president Mugisha Muntu, Justice Forum party leader Asuman Basalirwa, Kampala lord mayor, Erias Lukwago and DP secretary general, Mathias Nsubuga.
Owek. David F.K Mpanga, one of the lawyers, later said they were running out of time to challenge election results in court.
“An aggrieved candidate has 10 days to prepare & lodge a presidential election petition. This is a very short time. Time runs out on Tuesday,” Mpanga said.
“I do not think that Kizza Besigye has had a fair opportunity to prepare for a petition. This is very unfortunate for him and for the country.”
Later, it emerged that the home of FDC lawyer Yusuf Nsibambi, who would also represent Besigye in the matter, was under police siege.
He, however, survived arrest.
After the intervention of priests, Besigye was Sunday morning allowed to travel to All Saints Church Nakasero for a service.
After the service, Besigye tried to drive to Nsambya where he owns service station business.
Police intercepted him and towed his car to Kira Road police station where he was detained him.
“Glad that for first time in a week I left home. Attended All Saints church service. Now detained at Kiira Rd Police Stn,” he later tweeted.