Opposition Forum for Democratic Change has demanded unconditional release of their candidate, Kizza Besigye, who is under house arrest at his Kasangati home as well as supporters incarcerated in various state dungeons.
Addressing journalists at the party headquarters, the FDC president, Mugisha Muntu, asked government to withdraw police and the army from Besigye’s home and the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi.
“We demand the release of Dr Besigye. We demand the release of all our supporters who were arrested and other Ugandans imprisoned over elections,” Muntu appealed.
He said it was a civic struggle to defend people’s rights and freedom.
The police has since February 19 maintained deployments on FDC offices and Besigye’s home respectively.
So far over 300 of opposition agents and supporters have been arrested across the country.
Besigye has also since been arrested nine times in 11 days.
Muntu who was accompanied by FDC national party chairman Wasswa Birigwa, Serere Woman MP Alice Alaso and leader of opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu, also demanded for an independent audit of the elections.
“We have a situation in the country where the presidential candidate who lost was declared a winner,” Muntu noted.
Muntu said they will continue engaging civil society, religious leaders, among other concerned bodies.
He said they will also hold discussions with Amama Mbabazi’s team and gauge whether to join them.
Mbabazi yesterday filed a petition in Supreme Court challenging the outcomes of February 18 elections.