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UN Weighs in on Besigye`s Daily Arrests

Beisigye being forced into the police van  on Tuesday

Voting kicked off smoothly at most polling stations in the capital Kampala as locals went to cast the ballot to choose their next Lord Mayor and city council representatives.

The race for the mayoral seat is between the incumbent Erias Lukwago, stomach http://changescale.org/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar%202/src/tribe/constants.php musician Dan Kazibwe alias Ragga Dee of the NRM and Issa Kikungwe who is carrying the Democratic Party flag.

Unlike in last Thursday’s presidential and parliamentary elections, page http://crfg.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-embeds-endpoint.php the enthusiasm has been remarkably low.

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At St Jude polling station in Kiwatule, visit http://celstec.biz/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/advanced-cache.php voting started as early as 7:30 am but polling assistants were concerned the voter turn up was unlikely to improve.

“We even started before some of the agents could arrive; voters just drop in one by one,” said one Harriet an assistant.

Highlighting the unpleasant scenes in last week’s election results, the incumbent Lukwago last evening called upon the people of Kampala to vote peacefully and remain calm.

“I kindly request you not to become despondent. And to the voters in Kampala, the spirit may have been dampened, but kindly turn up in big numbers tomorrow to vote your MULOODI and credible councillors as we continue with the struggle,” he said.
The United Nations voiced out concerns over the regular arrests of the Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate, visit this site http://charadas.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php Dr. Kizza Besigye; and also what they call “tense post-election situation in Uganda.”

During a press briefing on Tuesday evening at the headquarters of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, approved Switzerland, the agency’s Spokesman Cécile Pouilly said the manner in which Dr. Besigye was arrested by the security officers was horrible. She also mentioned the harassment of journalists.

“The office (OHCHR) is concerned by the intimidating display of force used this past Friday by Ugandan police and military forces to evacuate the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) headquarters in Kampala, with tear gas and life ammunition reportedly used, as well as by worrying information of journalists being harassed and intimidated by security forces,” She said.

Ms. Cécile stressed that Uganda should adhere to her international obligations of observing human rights and the freedom of expression of her citizens.

“We remind the Government of Uganda of its obligations under international human rights law not to unduly restrict freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.”

The security officers according to her should also follow the universally acceptable norms of operation and application of force.

“Law enforcement officials shall avoid the use of force or, when that is not possible, restrict it to the minimum extent necessary. Anyone who is arrested shall be informed of the reasons for the arrest and shall be promptly informed of any charges against him or her,” she added.

The FDC’s leader, Kizza Besigye, who was arrested and released on 5 different occasions in less than 10 days, was placed under house arrest on Saturday without charge or judicial order.

On Monday morning, he was taken to a police station in Nagalaama, a town located some 30 kilometres from the capital city of Kampala, after he tried to leave his home, the OHCHR spokesperson said.

When contacted on phone the Deputy Police Spokeswoman Polly Namaye said her institution is strictly following the laws of the country and not for other nations.

“We are firmly following the Ugandan law in exercising our mandate as stipulated in the chapter three of our constitution.” Ms. Namaye said.

“The use of teargas is within Ugandan law and we can bring something into the country and use it when it is not allowed,” She stressed.

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