Lukwago, Besigye speak on house arrest


Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago (R) arguing with police officers at his home


Police moved early Tuesday morning and surrounded the homes of former FDC party leader, Kizza Besigye, in Kasangati and Kampala Mayor, Erias Lukwago in Wakaliga, Kampala.

Police blocked the two leaders who were expected at Parliament to present their proposals on the constitutional amendment bill 2015.

Besigye and other leaders from various opposition parties were to appear before the legal and parliamentary affairs committee to present their views on the proposed electoral reforms.

Division Field Force operations Commander Kasangati police station, Fred Ahimbisibwe, who commanded the operation said they deployed following intelligence reports that Besigye had plans to cause chaos in town.

The police say that they have information that the two leaders had a plan to engage in violent acts.


Police blocking Lukwago


Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, said the two were planning to cause traffic jam in the city.

Moses Byamugyisha,  Besigye’s former assistance who was at his home this morning told Uganda Radio Network that people who want to visit Besigye have also been stopped by the officers.

Besigye, Lukwago speak out

Addressing journalists at his home, Besigye said he had been invited to accompany the civil society members to parliament to present their views on electoral reforms ahead of the 2016 general elections.

Besigye said he was surprised that police blocked him from going about his business and exercising his rights as a citizen.

“Police is not making it clear why they have decided to block me. I want to ask them and find out.”

“When you besiege a citizen without any reason, you deny a citizen to earn a living. You are not only crippling their ability to contest n political process, you are actually affecting their very livelihood,” Besigye said.

“I appeal to all citizens to protest this rogue and junta government of President Yoweri Museveni. He should know this cannot be allowed to go on.”

Lukwago, on the other hand said police’s “initial spurious contention for keeping me under house arrest was to block me from accessing the precincts of Parliament where we were scheduled to present the citizens’ electoral reforms”.


Police at Lukwago’s home


He noted that the plan later changed and now they (police) “seem to be intent on pitching camp at my gate throughout the night”.

He said the surrounding of his home had inconvenienced his neighbours adding that the police deployment was illegal.

John Kikonyogo, FDC publicity secretary, described police action as “unfortunate” because the opposition leaders were officially invited by the legal committee of Parliament.

Some of the electoral reforms the opposition have been agitating for which, they say have not be captured by the constitutional amendment bill 2015 are independent and impartial Electoral Commission with selection of commissioners carried out by the Judicial Service Commission in public hearings.

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