East Africa

Besigye petition disabled as witnesses ‘disappear’


Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] agents and witnesses have reportedly either been arrested and imprisoned or are being hunted down by police.

This was disclosed by Kizza Besigye’s lawyer, Yusuf Nsibambi.

Nsibambi whose home was over the weekend taken over by security agents, told NTV that it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to gather evidence to challenge the 2016 Presidential results.

“Presenting a presidential petition is not an ordinary thing. We need evidence,” he told the television.

Besigye got 35% in the general election against President Yoweri Museveni’s 60%.

“Most of our agents are on the run while others are in prison. Declaration forms were also confiscated.”

He said the police has ably disabled the entire process.

“It is now difficult for us to put up a case,” Nsibambi added.

FDC spokesperson, Ssemujju Nganda, says more than 300 their supporters including polling agents are currently detained in various state detention centres.

Nganda told journalists in at their headquarters in Najjanakumbi, that 15 Power 10 [P10] agents were arrested in Kira Municipality.

A week back, over 20 party officials were arrested from Mbarara including data clerks arrested from FDC offices in Kampala.

According to Nganda, over 200 supporters were arrested on February 16, 2016 alone.

Besigye petitions court 

Meanwhile, Besigye has petitioned court to seek orders to evict police officers and other security personnel besieging his home.

Besigye’s lawyers last Friday petitioned Kasangati Magistrates’ Court protesting the continued presence of police.

They demand the police withdrawal with immediate effect.

After the 2011 general election, police also laid siege at Besigye’s residence for one week claiming he was under ‘preventive arrest’.

Besigye petitioned court upon which Grade One Magistrate Jessica Chemeri declared police occupation of his home as unlawful.

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