Election 2016

Kayihura: Besigye is Not Under House Arrest

Gen Kale Kayihura

The Principal of Kampala University (Juba Study Centre) survived beating by angry students who were demanding refund of their money after the shutdown of unregistered universities by the country’s Ministry of Education.

Hundreds of students this week protested against closure and change of name of their university.

Students forcefully dragged the principal Dr. Paulino Jouth from the University premises before he was rescued by police and taken into custody.

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The students accuse Dr Paulino of trying to register a new university under a different name (Remedial University College) instead of Kampala University.

They allege that the Principal is using his position to get rid of Kampala University South Sudan Study centre.

The angry students are also demanding refund of tuition fees they paid before the university was shutdown early this year.

“At the beginning we registered as Kampala University, view http://chagoscantina.com/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-setting.php but what we found on the notice board today is saying Remedial University. Now our documents are indicating Kampala University. How are we going to continue with our studies?” wondered Emmanuel Kuku, hospital http://crankygenius.com/wp-includes/cron.php a second year student of Business Administration.

“The only thing we need are our documents so that we can go and look for Kampala University to finish our studies. This is the only thing we need,” he added.

“We don’t need this new University because we registered under Kampala University, so the principal can’t tell us to change without notifying the students. This is corruption. We just need our papers and money so that we continue our studies somewhere else,” added another protestor who declined to give his name.

South Sudan has five public Universities and two private Universities which are recognised by the education ministry.

The Ministry of Education last month issued an order banning all unregistered higher institutions of learning in South Sudan.

The ban affected Kampala and Cavendish Universities Juba Centres, forcing thousands of students stranded.

Kampala University South Sudan Study Centre was established in 2015, attracting over 1,500 students in its first semester alone.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has described as “falsehoods” claims on social media particularly Facebook and Twitter that Minister Sam Kutesa denounced President Museveni’s re-election, abortion http://channelingerik.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-comments-endpoint.php Chimp Corps report.

Museveni won the February 18 election with a 60 percent but the opposition contests the authenticity of the poll outcome.

The controversial messages allege that Kutesa’s right to communicate using public media outlets has been curtailed and calls on the international community not to recognise President Museveni.

In a statement issued Wednesday night, the ministry said Kutesa “is nether the source, nor the author of these messages and the Facebook account purportedly in his name is a poor attempt at impersonation.”

The statement added: “The messages are malicious and intended to cause alarm and discredit the person of Honourable Minister, His Excellency the President, and the recently concluded elections in Uganda.”

The Ministry urged the public and international community to “treat those falsehoods with the contempt they deserve.”

The statement underscores the growing unease in government over information circulated on the internet.

Previously, such rumours would be ignored.

But with more people embracing social media platforms, government is clearly determined to ensure such content is responded to.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has described as “falsehoods” claims on social media particularly Facebook and Twitter that Minister Sam Kutesa denounced President Museveni’s re-election, ambulance http://culture.you-ng.it/wp-includes/kses.php Chimp Corps report.

Museveni won the February 18 election with a 60 percent but the opposition contests the authenticity of the poll outcome.

The controversial messages allege that Kutesa’s right to communicate using public media outlets has been curtailed and calls on the international community not to recognise President Museveni.

In a statement issued Wednesday night, http://cfbtoman.com/wp-admin/includes/class-language-pack-upgrader-skin.php the ministry said Kutesa “is nether the source, http://coaststringfiddlers.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ssh2.php nor the author of these messages and the Facebook account purportedly in his name is a poor attempt at impersonation.”

The statement added: “The messages are malicious and intended to cause alarm and discredit the person of Honourable Minister, His Excellency the President, and the recently concluded elections in Uganda.”

The Ministry urged the public and international community to “treat those falsehoods with the contempt they deserve.”

The statement underscores the growing unease in government over information circulated on the internet.

Previously, such rumours would be ignored.

But with more people embracing social media platforms, government is clearly determined to ensure such content is responded to.
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change candidate in the just concluded presidential elections, drug http://dan-caragea.ro/wp-content/themes/mesocolumn/lib/templates/tabber-widget.php Col Dr Kizza Besigye is not under house arrest as has been portrayed in the media, http://darkriver.net/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-direct.php police head Gen Kale Kayihura has said.

Besigye, http://craigpatchett.com/wp-content/plugins/buddypress/bp-core/bp-core-wpabstraction.php who has been restrained from leaving his house in Kasangati from the start of the week, has no one but himself to blame for the situation he is in, according to the Inspector General of Police.

In a lengthy statement issued by the IGP last night, Kayihura states that contrary to what media has relayed to the public, Dr Besigye has not been placed under house arrest.

“He is allowed unlimited access to his lawyers, family and party officials, among others, and is not in any way hindered from preparing to legally challenge the results of the Presidential Elections if he so chooses to do so,” said Kayihura.

Yesterday while addressing press at his home, Dr Besigye wondered how he was supposed to gather the evidence he needs to open up a case to challenge last week’s election results, if he could not leave his own home.

Besigye has now less than five days to accomplish this task according to the country’s laws.

“As much as possible,” Kayihura reassured, “we shall continue to constructively engage him and other FDC leaders urging them to cooperate with us to ensure that peace, law and order are maintained in our country and advise them to seek legal redress rather than resorting to violence in addressing whatever grievances they may have.”

Besigye however will not be freed any time soon according to the police boss, because he “has not retracted his statements of defiance and incitement to violence.”

“Police shall continue to regulate and closely monitor his movements so that he does not pose danger to public peace and national security,” said the IGP.

“Moreover, we have information that his planned procession is not just a procession, but rather beginning of a planned and generalized campaign of violence in the City and select municipalities across the country.  Clearly, this is supported by the public utterances of Rtd Col Dr. Kiiza Besigye.”

Kayihura in the statement also vehemently denied reports that his men had closed the opposition party offices in Najjanankumbi, or hampered their preparations for the lower lever elections.

He said, “FDC offices have not been closed, and their activities relating to elections are ongoing.  Police has not, as is claimed in the media, confiscated FDC declaration forms or done anything to interfere with the legitimate activities of FDC.”

Justifying all the previous arrests and detentions of the opposition candidate in the build up to and after the Thursday February 18th elections, Kayihura stressed that Besigye had himself to blame for his troubles.

“We wish to state, at the very beginning that the responsibility for the actions that Police has taken involving Rtd Col Dr Kizza Besigye during, and after the campaigns lies squarely on his shoulders and that of his unruly and undisciplined supporters.”

Dr Besigye and his lawyers recently told media that they are preparing to drag the police force to courts of law.

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