Police speaks on missing Mbabazi witnesses



Police has denied accusations by independent candidate, Amama Mbabazi, that they have arrested and detained up to 13 of his election witnesses.

Supreme Court will on Monday start hearing a petition Mbabazi filed against President Yoweri Museveni and the electoral commission.

Last week, Go Forward said their witnesses were being hunted down; others arrested and detained to intimidate them from testing against election rigging.

On Monday 7/3/2016, Lawyers of Hon. Amama Mbabazi alleged in the Supreme Court while submitting their petition that Uganda Police arrested their witnesses totalling to 13 at the residence of the Honourable and are currently detained at SIU Kireka.

“We want to state that we have never arrested any of their witnesses and we do not intended to do so in the near future,” said Patrick Onyango, the Police Spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Police.

He said no Police officer has stepped foot in Hon. Amama’s residence apart from those who are in his security details.

“The Said names do not appear anywhere in our lockup registers. We are a professional Police Force, we cannot arrest possible witnesses who are set to testify in court.”

Apart from Go Forward, opposition FDC is also accusing police of arresting and whisking away their witnesses to different state detentions.

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