Crime & Investigation

2 Arrested for Printing ‘Besigye Inauguration’ Invitation Cards

Police displaying samples of their exhibits at the FDC printery at Najjanankumbi on Tuesday

Police have Tuesday apprehended two people suspected of printing invitation cards calling upon people to attend a parallel swearing-in ceremony for the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential election flag-bearer, purchase Dr Kizza Besigye.

The duo was found at FDC printery located in the premises of the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi during a surprise security operation led by the Kampala South Regional Police Commander, Andrew Kaggwa.

Police condoned off the premises on Monday as a crime scene.

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According to the invitation cards, Besigye will be sworn-in on May 12 at Nakivubo Stadium in the heart of Kampala Capital City as the President of the Republic of Uganda.

Besigye together with the party officials and supporters believe that he obtained 52 percent of the total votes but was cheated by the Electoral Commission that announced President Yoweri Museveni instead.

Following a hearing at the Supreme Court, Museveni was declared the validly elected leader of Uganda.

The suspects hide from cameras after being arrested

The suspects hide from cameras after being arrested

The election petition lodged by Amama Mbabazi was found groundless by the judges.

“Yesterday (Monday) morning, we made an impromptu visit to the FDC headquarters to investigate reports that some officials were printing materials carrying subversive messages for the defiance campaign,” noted Kaggwa at the FDC headquarters on Tuesday.

“The person we arrested yesterday (FDC Deputy Secretary General Harold Kaija) led us to what is inside here. Early today, we arrested a technician who was operating this machine and we recovered some printed materials to support the defiance campaign which the FDC has been preaching in contravention of a court order.”

Before the arrests, Police engaged with the party Chairperson over the printed materials but denied any knowledge of such papers.

The exhibits which police said will be tendered in court as evidence of treason

The exhibits which police said will be tendered in court as evidence of treason

This prompted police to arrest the technician only known as Mpuuga and the security personnel who was found at the headquarters.

“These two have committed a crime. We are making further investigations and we are going to charge them appropriately. First of all they defied the Court order and this is treason since the electoral process was concluded with the declared winner awaiting swearing-in.”

Kaggwa observed that despite FDC headquarters being a crime scene, the Police are specifically looking at the printery.

He said other offices are free for access by any members of the public.


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