Police has deployed and taken siege of former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president Kizza Besigye and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s homes in Kasangati and Wakaliga, respectively.
Witnesses at Besigye’s home tell us that four Police trucks full of soldiers have surrounded the house blocking him from getting out.
The same is said of Erias Lukwago’s home in Wakaliga Kampala.
In 2012, Besigye was placed under house arrest at the peak of walk-to-work riots.
Besigye dragged the Inspector General of Police, Lt. Gen. Kale Kahiyura, and the then Regional Police Commander Kampala Metropolitan North, Mr Sam Omala, to court, challenging his being placed under preventive arrest.
Kasangati Grade One magistrate Jessica Chemeri ruled that police detention of Dr Besigye under a colonial era law of “preventive arrest” was illegal.
He was again together with Lukwago confined to their homes in 2013 after the Lord Mayor’s impeachment by KCCA councillors.
Last week, Besigye and Lukwago were arrested at Nsambya Sharing Hall where they were planning a rally on electoral reforms.
They were detained at Jinja Road Police Station, charged with disobeying police orders and then released on police bond.
However, 10 of their supporters arrested on the same day were Friday charged with being a public nuisance by City Hall Magistrate’s Court and remanded to Luzira prison until May 19.
May 2015 siege
Police sealed off the two leaders’ homes very early in Tuesday morning.
Police also staged roadblocks in Kasangati just in case Besigye tries his old hide and seek tricks again.
Besigye told press at his home that he was expected to appear before the Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee, as the house will be discussing electoral reforms.
Opposition was also expected to table its version of electoral reforms which it has been discussing since last week.
Now Besigye who was arrested over the same matter on Thursday, has been blocked from accessing Parliament once more.
He says he was officially invited by the Speaker of Parliament to present reform proposals.
The campaigns for electoral reforms were launched on April 30 by a cross- section of Opposition political leaders that were dubbed ‘Citizen Reforms Now’ (CIREN), which called upon the government to disband the current Electoral Commission and put in place one that would be picked by the Judicial Service Commission.