Lukwago: Besigye in chains, Uganda under military rule


Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago says opposition leader Kizza Besigye is in chains and shackles and the country seems to be under military rule.

“We want to have our freedoms as provided for in the constitution,” Lukwago said while appearing on NTV.

He said if parliament had dealt with these electoral challenges as tabled in 2001, maybe the country would not be having a re-occurance of the same.

Lukwago, a lawyer, explained that the provisions of article 3 command Ugandans to challenge unconstitutional tendencies using any means available.

“President Museveni thinks he is the alpha and the omega so in such an environment you can’t have a dialogue,” he said in reference to the impending talks between Museveni and Besigye.

“As we talk, Dr. Besigye is in chains and shackles, he can’t leave his home, how will dialogue happen?”

According to him, a prisoner has no freedom to go into a dialogue.

“Today Kiiza Besigye is in shackles and chains. There must be respect for rule of law. What is the difference between defiance and resistance?”

In response to deputy government Col Shaban Bantariza who insists military will stay on streets, Lukwago said government can not justify the army deployment at Dr. Kizza Besigye’s home.

“No one has said we want to demonstrate and even if we did, there’s nothing wrong with demonstrating.”

“It appears we are under military rule. We are not criminals,” he concluded.

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