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UPDF soldier ‘forces’ FDC supporter into hiding


Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] has condemned the unexplained arresting, as in some cases, disappearance of some opposition supporters.

This was billed as an election that would be devoid of intimidation and violence, but it’s far from that, said FDC Chairman, Ambassador Wasswa Birigwa.

Birigwa said in a statement that one Senate Karoota Kakwebe, a coordinator of FDC in Nyakashashara, in Kirihura district has been in hiding for his life because UPDF soldiers.

He said although soldiers who under the law are prohibited from participating in partisan politics, have made it their preoccupation to harass and intimidate Kakwebe.

He cited a certain Major Alice Kukundakwe who allegedly vandalized FDC offices carrying away their files and plucking down Dr Besigye’s posters.

The case was reported to the police (Kaguta Rd police detach) for criminal trespass and threatening violence (DDB Ref 05/06/01/2016).

Maj Kukundakwe [aka Rutakara] of Kyakabunga village, Nyakasharara, according to FDC, on January 6, 2015, broke into FDC offices in Kiruhura district in an operation that saw Besigye’s campaign materials such as posters, T shirts, and P10 cards confiscated.

The Major reportedly told off the opposition politicians that she “does not want FDC offices in the district”.

“Instead of the police carrying out inquiries, the guns were literally turned on Senate Karoota Kakwebe,” Birigwa noted.

“He has had to flee his home because he is a wanted man for reporting a case.”

Birigwa said there are hundreds of such stories countrywide.

“But as FDC we despise the methods of intimidation, violence that NRM with the help of the army and police are meting out to our supporters.”

“We shall not look on with folded arms,” he revealed, saying that is why FDC shall use its Power 10 structures as well as other volunteers to protect their interests.

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