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Besigye Arrested

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“Besigye refused to obey Police orders. He resisted Police orders to return to his house. And since they have been mobilizing people under the guise of escorting Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago to the KCCA tribunal to attack police cars and burn tyres on Kampala streets, we had to act.”

Pressed on where Besigye is detained, Onyango notes: “Somewhere in Kampala.”

He says opposition will not be allowed to exploit Lukwgao’s trip to the tribunal to “wreak havoc.”

He also faults opposition leaders for not informing Police about their planned political activities.

9:23 am: Latest details coming in indicate that Police have also sealed off the residences of former FDC boss, Dr Kizza Besigye and the party’s Women League leader, Ingrid Turinawe in Kasangati, Wakiso District.

Both are members of For God and My Country (4GC), a pressure group Police blames for the recent spate of political violence in the city.

According to FDC publicity member, Francis Mwijukye, the FDC top shots have been instructed not to leave their houses until further notice.

9:00 am: Police have deployed heavily around Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s residence in Wakkaliga, a Kampala suburb, as temperatures rise over opposition protests expected to resume today.

At the scene, Chimp Corp Michael Nteza says the police operation is being commanded by Kampala Central Police Station boss, James Ruhweza.

He says tensions are hitting boiling levels as supporters of the Mayor continue to gather in Wakkaliga.

Lukwago’s lawyer, Muwanga Kivumbi has been blocked from accessing the Mayor’s premises.

It remains unclear if Lukwago is inside the hose but the opposition strongman, whom Police have accused of stoking political tensions in Kampala, is expected to appear at the KCCA tribunal in Kololo.

The tribunal is investigating claims that Lukwago’s conduct has paralyzed operations at KCCA thus affecting proper service delivery in Kampala.

He denied the allegations.

The siege at Lukwago’s home comes against the backdrop of a Police warning that opposition leaders including the Mayor intend to use his trip to the KCCA tribunal as a launch pad for violent protests in Kampala.

Police publicist Judith Nabakooba told Chimpreports on Sunday that opposition leaders under their umbrella organization 4GC have been secretly mobilizing supporters to engage in acts of terrorism as Lukwago prepares to move to the KCCA tribunal.

“We have noted with concern the ongoing public mobilization by members of the banned 4GC calling for a procession on Monday 22 July, 2013 to accompany The Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago to the tribunal where he is expected to appear,” said Nabakooba, adding, “Other leaders have announced demonstrations on the same day in other parts of the country.”

She further noted that Police have also “received intelligence information that, there are opposition leaders mobilizing people in Kissekka, Owino, and Nakasero markets, Kasangati Kalerwe so that they engage in criminal acts including burning vehicles and Police units, and unlawful processions, in the guise of escorting the Lord Mayor to and from the tribunal.”

“However, we have not received any formal communication from the organizers of these demonstrations and processions to plan for their security and traffic management in the routes they are to use. It should be noted that in the recent past, such unlawful processions have degenerated into chaos; leading to riots, loss of life and damage to property,” she added.

SHOWDOWN

The unfolding developments are setting the stage for a potential showdown between opposition activists and security forces on Kampala streets. Such running battles have in the past led to disruption of businesses, traffic and destruction of poverty.

The opposition activists revealed Friday that they were planning on remobilizing citizens against the June national budget which hiked taxes on basic utilities including piped water, kerosene, fuel and wheat.

The Group’s chairperson and Masaka Municipality MP, Hon Mathias Mpuuga told reporters at their offices in Kampala that beginning next week on Monday July 22, 2013; on top of other previous activities, they will be engaging in “protest actions of various kinds.”

The protests, which will be run under a Luganda theme “Tetujja Kusasulira Bubbi bwammwe [We shall not bear the brunt of government’s entrenched corruption)” are geared towards rallying Ugandans to reject the proposed taxes and compel their respective legislators to do the same in parliament come next week.

Mpuuga noted that while government depicts the taxes as a good gesture: that Uganda can now support its budget by 80 percent they are hiding a huge gap left by government officials involved in nation rocking corruption scandals.

Nabakooba also warned of the “threat of ADF penetration that can use such opportunity to cause terror acts on our unsuspecting public.”

She maintained that “The Police therefore, shall not allow any unlawful processions and assemblies to be held, on the pretext of ‘escorting’ individuals to the tribunal.”

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