Crime & Investigation

BREAKING: Police Intercept Opposition Lawyer’s Car

approved "sans-serif";”>“We are now told that the state has ordered that court should be delayed so that it ends late when the people in Kabale town have already gone home. That government is scared of the thousands of people waiting on the roadsides to wave to 4GC activists. This is after the Bakiiga here assured police that they are scared by the Mambas and teargas. Magistrate still can’t be seen.”

Police and intelligence operatives on Monday morning intercepted a car in which opposition lawyer Asuman Basalirwa was travelling before putting his driver identified as Emmanuel Musoke under arrest, Chimp Corps report.

According to FDC Women League boss, Ingrid Turinawe, the lawyer who also doubles as President of Jeema, was enroute to Kabale to represent Kawempe Mayor Mubarak Munyagwa.

Munyagwa was last week picked by police from opposition headquarters along Katonga Road in Nakasero, Kampala, before being detained at an unknown station.

On Friday morning, Munyagwa was driven to Kabale, hundreds of kilometers away from Kampala, to answer charges of holding an illegal assembly in the western district last year.

He was subsequently remanded at Ndorwa government prison pending hearing of the case today Monday.

The move has rattled opposition, with activists slamming police for “persecuting” the Mayor who is well known for opposing government policies and organizing demonstrations in Kampala.

But Police insist Munyagwa’s behavior has led to destruction of property and disruption of business and traffic in Kampala.

Besigye today morning said Basalirwa had been detained at Nsangi Police Post, a claim Police say is a “fat lie.”

Deputy Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango denied arresting Basalirwa, saying “it is only the driver who is under arrest on three charges.”

“Musoke was ordered by police at Nsangi checkpoint to stop but he refused. He chose to drive off at a terrific speed. This compelled police to run after the car leading to his arrest. Basalirwa and another one known as Seninde who were in the car refused to leave the Police Post without their driver,” elaborated Onyango.

He further noted that Seninde and Basalirwa “slept on the veranda of the police post last night after refusing to leave the Police post.”

Onyango said Musoke faces charges of reckless driving and disobedience of lawful orders.

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