Police, Besigye face off at Nsambya hall


Besigye being intercepted by police


Police and former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President, Kizza Besigye, are reported to have clashed Thursday morning at Sharing Hall Nsambya.

The new Kampala South Police commander, Hajji Siraje Bakaleke, is leading the operation.

Bakaleke claims opposition members have no authorisation from police hence won’t be allowed to access the hall or hold any rally today.

Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, says they wrote to IGP Kale Kayihura about the rally.

He even had a copy of the letter but Bakaleke insisted on a reply from the IGP which was not available leading to Lukwago’s arrest.

Opposition was planning to continue their discussion on electoral reforms which never concluded yesterday.

Yesterday, opposition parties convened at Rivonia Suites in Mbuya, a City suburb for a three day’s retreat to discuss the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015.

It came a day after General Kahinda Otafiire, the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister formerly introduced the bill before the Legal Affairs Committee that was tasked to scrutinize and consider the bill.

Opposition leaders such as FDC President General Mugisha Muntu, his predecessor Kiiza Besigye,  Jeema President Asuman Basalirwa, UPC’s Olara Otunnu and CP’s John Ken Lukyamuzi are proposing an amendment of Article 80 (4) of the Constitution, which provides that any person holding a public office must resign at least 90 days before nomination.

The Opposition is expected to table its version of reforms before Parliament’s Legal committee next week Tuesday.


Besigye’s car being towed (Photo by Prince Kahemba Babi)


However, the discussion was never successful as some Members of Parliament including Nandala Mafabi said they were afraid of losing their seats over electoral reforms.

The parties never agreed hence a decision to hold another discussion today at Nsambya so as to reach a consensus.

Meanwhile, police deployed and sealed off the road to Nsambya in an attempt to block opposition from accessing Sharing Hall where they expected to hold a rally.

When Besigye showed up, he was blocked at the entrance of the hall and ordered to drive back.

Besigye refused and parked his car vowing not to leave no matter what.

Afande Bakaleke called a break-down and towed Besigye’s car to police.

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