Police in Rukungiri district has reportedly arrested and detained a number of traders who today closed their businesses to in protest against the lock up the opposition FDC Candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye.
The stay-at-home protest was announced this week as part of the party’s wider “Free My Vote” campaign which follows the February 18th presidential elections that they claim were won by their candidate.
On Thursday morning most of the shops in the western Municipality were found closed as traders joined in the protest.
Police, pilule store http://clearlakefestival.ca/wp-includes/format_memcache_menutype.php according to FDC officials moved and arrested some of the traders who closed their businesses. The party Secretary for Mobilization Ingrid Turinawe identified the arrested as one Mr.Batuma and Sonko of Sonko Electronics.
She also revealed that many more traders were being hunted by police for closing their shops. Another party official Harold Kaija also confirmed the development and promised to get back to us with details.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said he was unaware of the development and refused to discuss it stressing, “I don’t comment on rumors.”
He said however that owners of private businesses should not be forced to come to work.
“This is a private business,” he said. “It’s not a public organization or company, so someone can be told how to manage their own business.”
Lawyers representing President Yoweri Museveni and their counterparts for former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi have agreed on 6 contentious issues and grounds whose answers will be addressed as hearing of the presidential petition starts on Monday.
Mbabazi petitioned the Supreme Court seeking the overturning of the election of NRM’s Museveni who was declared president in the concluded elections by the Electoral Commission.
In a pre-trial session on Thursday afternoon, clinic http://chicagohouse.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ajax-upgrader-skin.php both parties agreed there were some questions that needed answers if the presidential petition was to be disposed off by the court.
The parties came to a conclusion that court needs to decide whether the 2016 general elections were carried out in compliance with (or not) the provisions of both the Electoral Commission and Presidential Elections Acts as enshrined in the constitution.
“There is a contention on whether if ruled in affirmative such non- compliance affected the results of the presidential elections in a substantial manner and whether an offence was committed under the Presidential Elections Act in connection with elections by the first respondent (Museveni) personally or with his knowledge, sales consent and approval, purchase ” the Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana told court on Thursday afternoon.
In his petition Mbabazi among others accuses President Museveni of buying voters and threatening others in a bid to lure them to vote for him
According to Rukutana, the two sides will now to exchange and deduce on whether the Attorney General is properly joined as a party to the petition and seeking to find out if the petitioner (Mbabazi) is entitled to any of the reliefs as sought by his petition.
The panel of judges led by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe however set Monday, March 14 as the date to start hearing of the petition.