Police and the military on Friday afternoon swung into action to quell protests by supporters in Kampala and the suburbs following the arrest of FDC presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye.
The security forces cordoned off the strongest opposition political party’s headquarters at Najjanankumbi along Entebbe Road as senior party officials prepared to address a press conference on Thursday’s election results.
Police says Dr Besigye was going to announce his own election results contrary to Section 57 of the Presidential Elections Act. Besigye, web http://chuckatuckhistory.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/nextgen_gallery_display/module.nextgen_gallery_display.php who by publication was still trailing in the preliminary results, has already declared yesterday’s polling exercise as unfair.
The FDC officials declined to adhere to directives by police to cancel the press conference, forcing them to fire tear gas to disperse the party supporters at Najjanankumbi before Besigye, party president, Mugisha Muntu, Chairman Wasswa Biriggwa and chief mobilize Ingrid Turinawe were arrested and whisked away.
Meanwhile, police and military took over security at the party headquarters and could not allow anyone to access the place.
In various city suburbs, riots broke out following the arrest of Besigye as supporters put up bonfires as well as blocking various roads leading to the city centre.
Police and the military were forced to deploy heavily to quell these riots and many of these were seen patrolling Kampala the suburbs of Katwe and Bwaise where the situation was worsening.
Trucks and patrol vehicles were also seen in parts of the central business district, mainly in the Kisekka market area which is considered volatile.
President Yoweri Museveni is still enjoying a comfortable lead as the Independent Electoral Commission continues to put together the outcomes of the Presidential elections held yesterday Thursday 18th.
Museveni according to results released by the commission on Friday evening at 7pm was still progressing above the 60% mark, ambulance http://cortrium.com/wp-content/plugins/lightbox/lightbox.php pooling up to 2, information pills http://ca-uqam.info/wp-includes/vars.php 900, stomach 109 votes, representing 62% of the poll.
The results released were from the first 13305 polling stations of the total 28010 around the country.
Forum for Democratic Change’s Col Kizza Besigye was still following at a distant 32.6%, getting 1,507,495 votes.
Former Prime Minister was third with 80893 votes (1.75%) followed by Abed Bwanika with 45370 (0.98%) and Prof Venansius Baryamureeba who had 31331 votes (0.68%).
The only female candidate Maureen Kyalya was according to the preliminary results in 6th position with 23076votes (0.5%) followed by Elton Joseph Mabirizi with 13660 (0.03%) while Maj. Benon Biraaro was trailing with 14469 votes.
Meanwhile, Eng Badru Kiggundu the EC Chairman revealed that voting at the 36 polling stations in Kampala and Wakiso which was pushed to today Friday, ended successfully and that results were being incorporated to be sent to the main tally center at Namboole.