Video: Opposition members arrested over defiance in Uganda


Uganda opposition says about 25-31of its members have been arrested by security agencies across the country and locked up.

The mass arrests followed the launch of anti-President Yoweri Museveni protests countrywide.

The protesters are demanding for an independent audit of 2016 general elections which opposition leader Kizza Besigye says he won.

Some of the arrested members of opposition include; Wilber Muhwezi Kasibante, Mutaasa Kafero Charles, Zadock Amanyisa, Federica Nshemerirwe, Eng Ssenjako Dafala, Rusoke Kasim, Kikamusheza Joseph, Tumukunde Godfrey, Kaweesi Herbert, Mugarula Dan, Federica Nshemereirwe , Nuwahereza Michael, Mwebaze Victor, Atweta Edson, Nimusiima Saul, Tugabirwe Richard, Twinamatsiko Peter, Agirembabazi Lawrence, Agaba Edson, Aguda Moses, Mukwaya Ambrose, Mutunzi Robert, Nyakato Rosette, Mugarula Dan andHarman Kaweesa.

Others are Muhwezi Wilber, a journalist with NewsLink and Daily Monitor Reporter for Bushenyi

“In Rukungiri we have 7 activists in police cells. In Entebbe we have 6 activists in police cells. In Busia we have 5 activists in police cells.”

“The above named are all in police custody all over the country, but more names are not yet reported by the time we filed this report.”

P10 claims that besides the above Special Security Forces arrested unknown numbers of individuals from Kiseka.

“The whole group were blind folded and packed into a military truck and taken to unknown location.”

Opposition also said some of its members were rounded up at Uganda House in Kampala this afternoon and whisked away in police vehicles.

The Uganda Diaspora P10, a pro-democracy consortium of Ugandans in the Diaspora, condemned the ban imposed on coverage of political activities of the Opposition Political Party, the Forum for Democratic Change and activities attributed to the defiance campaign against manner of the fraudulent February 18, 2016 General Elections.

The ban follows a ruling by Judge, Deputy Chief Justice, Justice Steven Kavuma, who, on April 29, 2016, summarily banned all activities of FDC, including worshipping the Lord by Party supporters.

The ruling also banned Dr. Kizza Besigye from any defiance political activities, in an attempt to seek a comprehensive redress for the fraudulent elections that irregularly ordained the status quo.

“The pronouncement of Justice Kavuma is an embodiment of intolerance that sits at the foundation of tyranny of this regime,” P10 said in a statement.

“It also attests to the lack of independence of the Judiciary from the dictatorial influence of the Executive. Justice Kavuma has excelled as a true NRM cadre Judge in banning the freedom of Worship and suspension of fundamental human rights, leaving the entire world in utter shock.”

P10 says with the ban, it becomes natural for FDC to apply defiance and noncompliance approach to such “a draconian interpretation of the law by the cadre judge”.

“In essence, the State has usurped the fundamental rights and freedoms of the press, the freedom of expression, and other relevant liberties that are inherent and enshrined in the Constitution that should not be controlled, or issued by the state.”

P10 says until an election audit is conducted, there will not be a conclusively elected President in Uganda.

The group also demands for elaborate electoral reforms to save this nation from this kind of confusion in the future.

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