Police takes over Besigye home


Police at Besigye’s home in Kasangati

After besieging FDC women at 4GC offices in Kampala, police has now rushed to Kasangati and taken over the premises of Kizza Besigye’s home.

In May this year, Police deployed at the homes of the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential flag bearer and Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, in Kasangati and Wakaliga, to prevent them from accessing parliament.

Besigye was expected to appear before the Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee to discuss electoral reforms.

He had been arrested days before over the same campaigns for electoral reforms 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.

According to FDC sources, Besigye was expected to head to eastern Uganda tomorrow, Thursday to mobilise the region ahead of his November nomination.

Over the weekend, he was arrested in Mbarara while travelling to Rukungiri to address a rally.

The party has already sued the police chief, Kale Kayihura, for curtailing their pre-nomination campaigns and the suit is in High Court.

The Electoral Commission chairman, Badru Kiggundu, warned today that the aspirants would only be allowed to campaign after nominations and that those who breach the procedure would be dealt with.

It is not clear whether police that has now taken over Besigye’s home is working on the guidelines of the electoral body.

Only today, police barred FDC women activists from petitioning parliament against police brutality.

They accuse the force of undressing Naigaga Fatuma during the Saturday brutal arrest of Besigye’s entourage.

Police sieged the women at 4GC offices along Katonga road reportedly denying them food the whole day.

In 2012, Besigye was placed under house arrest at the peak of walk-to-work riots.

He sued Kahiyura, and the then Regional Police Commander Kampala Metropolitan North, Sam Omala, to court, challenging his being placed under preventive arrest.

He was again together with Lukwago confined to their homes in 2013 after the Lord Mayor’s impeachment by KCCA councillors.

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