Police escorts Besigye, Lukwago in walk to Parliament


Besigye, Lukwago walking to Parliament on Wednesday


Police has lifted a preventive arrest placed on Former FDC President, Kizza Besigye, and Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago.

The duo was this morning allowed to leave their homes in Kasangati and Wakaliga, respectively, where they were confined yesterday.

On Wednesday, Besigye and Lukwago, met at Katonga road opposition offices escorted by heavy security.

They deliberated on a few things and marched to Parliament where they will present their proposals on electoral reforms.

Yesterday, Division Field Force operations Commander Kasangati police station, Fred Ahimbisibwe, said they feared the activists would wreak havoc in town.

Besigye, however, 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.

The activists denied any plans of causing havoc but as part of their self-justification, police arrested Ingrid Turinawe, who had appeared at Parliament with other female activists.


Appearing before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee chaired by Stephen Tashobya, Major General Mugisha Muntu, the leader of the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party asked for an adjournment.

Muntu said they couldn’t proceed since Police had blocked Kizza Besigye, the former FDC party president and City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago from living their homes to join other opposition members at parliament to present their proposed reforms.

Muntu appeared before the committee alongside the Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu, FDC Secretary General Alice Alaso and officials from Democratic Party (DP), Uganda People’s Congress and Justice Forum.

In his response Stephen Tashobya, the committee chairman agreed to reschedule the meeting but said they would proceed on Wednesday regardless of who is missing.

Some of proposed reforms being advanced by the opposition include the establishment of an independent and Impartial Electoral Commission, a new and clean voter’s register, withdrawal of the army from the electoral process, and establishing mechanism to prevent the sitting government from raiding the central bank to fund elections amongst others.


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