FDC sets a warning.

By Robert Ssegawa

Opposition Forum for Democratic change has warned that the continued disrespect of court by the police could lead to mob justice.

This follows the arrest of Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere last Friday after he was granted bail by court.

FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda says if law enforcers like the police continue undermining court orders, civilians will then resort to mob justice as they will also despise laws.

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LC1 elections: FDC call upon parliament

By Robert Segawa

Forum for Democratic change urges the Parliament to change the LCI election status that will help the exercise free and fair.

The party deputy Secretary General Harold Kaijja while addressing the media at the party headquarters said that people will fail to vote their candidate of choice.

Kaija adds that more hatred will be created among people who will not line for candidate of their fellow party.

Last year parliament started the proposed to line behind the candidates of their choice while voting the local council one.

He calls upon party members to stay calm until the process starts.

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Besigye suing Civil Aviation Authority over airport arrest

Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has dragged the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to Court over his recent arrest from Entebbe International airport.

In his suit filed by his lawyers of Rwakafuuzi & Co advocates, Dr Besigye states that on October 3 this year, he was plunked off a Kenya airways plane by security that connived with CAA officials and driven against his will through remote routes from Entebbe Airport to his home in Kasangati.

He says the arrest contravened his right to free movement as a Ugandan citizen.

He further states in his suit that he was also denied the right to meet and move from the airport in the company of his waiting family, friends, associates and supporters, hence violating his freedom of Association.

In support of his suit, the top opposition politician in his sworn in affidavit before the court says that on August 22, he left Uganda and addressed conferences in London, Geneva and Boston and returned on October 3 using Kenya Airways aircraft which landed at Entebbe International Airport.

He adds that on that day, he noticed that the plane had parked unusually far from the terminal and when he got out; he suspiciously noticed a bigger presence of CAA staff on the tarmac and a CAA vehicle driving closer to the aircraft.

Besigye adds that before he could disembark from the staircase, a staff of CAA wearing a reflector jacket pulled him from the last step of the staircase and grabbed him by his trouser towards the CAA vehicle which drove him away before he could even go through immigration procedures at the Airport.

To that effect, court has summoned the Civil Aviation Authority to file in its defense within 15 days from the date of receipt of summons and should they fail, judgment will be passed in their absentia.

The file case has been allocated to Justice Patricia Basaza for hearing.





Facebook post lands FDC’s Swaibu Nsamba in hot soup

Swaibu Nsamba Gwogyolonga, the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC chairperson for Katikamu South Constituency in Luweero district is in trouble over an offensive social media post against president, Yoweri Museveni.

Nsamba was picked up by Police detectives from Wobulenzi town council over the weekend and detained briefly at Wobulenzi Police station before he was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters at Kibuli.

He was interrogated by Bill Dickson Ndyamuhaki, the Acting Police Commissioner of Electronic Counter Measures Department on Monday and was charged with offensive communication contrary to section (25) of the Computer Misuse act 2011.

He was released on police bond on Monday afternoon and ordered to return on Thursday December 15th when he is expected to appear before court over the charges. Police also confiscated Nsamba’s phone as part of the exhibit in the case.

Trouble for Nsamba stemmed from his Facebook post expressing how he will announce and mourn the death of president, Yoweri Museveni when he dies. The post was accompanied with a Photoshop of Museveni and how will look after his demise. Nsamba says the charges against him infringe on his freedom of expression.

URN couldn’t reach Police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi to comment on the charges brought against Nsamba. Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala, the Chief Executive Officer Unwanted Witness Uganda, a civil society organization, which seeks to promote secure uncensored online platforms has condemned the arrest of Nsamba.

He describes the charges against Nsamba as vague and a threat to freedom of thought and expression. He also disclosed their plans to challenge the Computer Misuse Act 2011 in court, saying it is offensive to Chapter Four of the Constitution and promotes self-censorship.

In May this year, Police arrested Henry Mutyaba and Robert Darius Tweyambe, both residents of Kampala for allegedly circulating a photo on Facebook claiming that Museveni is dead. The duo was charged with demeaning the person of President and charged with computer misuse. Their case is yet to be concluded.

Top opposition party members arrested over attempted fundraising for MAK re-opening

Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa is among 20 people arrested in and around Makerere University as they tried to organise a fundraising drive for the reopening of the institution.

Others arrested include city councillors Doreen Nyanjura, Muhammad Ssegirinya, and Harris Justus Akampurira. Also picked up are Ingrid Turinawe, the FDC women’s league chairperson, Simon Wanyera, a student of education at Makerere, Brian Katana, Wabulembo Robin and FDC activist Christine Bahimbisa.

President Yoweri Museveni ordered the indefinite closure of Makerere University on November 1st after lecturers and the administration failed to agree on payment of incentive money.

Three weeks into the closure, former FDC party president, Kizza Besigye, warned of protests should the government not open the university within 10 days. FDC party supporters began mobilizing for what they called a fundraising event to be held in Makerere’s Freedom Square today.

At 7am today, Besigye shared a message on Twitter calling people to show up at Makerere of the fundraising: “D-Day!!! Campaign for Re-Open Makerere starts. Meeting is at 10am Freedom Square of Makerere University. Entrance-Main gate only. BE THERE!!”

The former presidential candidate left his home in Kasangati driving in a blue Toyota Townace truck that also carried a cow he planned to donate during the fundraising. He and party officials say they want to raise at least 30 billion shillings.

But by 7am police had deployed heavily at Makerere and all people driving or walking into the university were being subjected to lengthy searching.

At 11:23am, Besigye tweeted again: “Am being blocked from delivering my contribution of Guernsey Cow & UShs 3m. Will find a way!! Meantime, let’s open online channels 4 pledges.”

Jackson Mucunguzi, the University Chief Security Officer says the heavy deployment is aimed at securing the university from the hands of opportunists who want to play cheap politics.

Police maintains heavy deployment at the main gate.



Besigye vows not to return to court

By Sania Babirye
Former FDC presidential candidate Dr. Kiiza Besigye has vowed never to appear again in Nakawa court where he is charged with treason after the state asked for more time to complete investigations into the case.
 Besigye who is representing himself told Nakawa court magistrate Noah Sajjabi that the DPPs intention is not to prosecute the case but to waste his time through continuous adjournments. The case will now be heard on 25th January 2017.

Besigye Whisked away by police at the airport , taken to his home in Kasangati

Former Presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has been whisked away by police upon his arrival at Entebbe International Airport.

Besigye, who arrived at the airport at 8.10 am aboard a Kenya Airways flight, is reported to have been picked by security operatives shortly after he arrived into the country. He had been away for over the month, after visits to the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, who was among several opposition leaders at the airport to receive Besigye, says that majority of the FDC dignitaries were blocked from accessing the VIP lounge, where Besigye was expected to address the media shortly after arrival. The lounge was restricted to only five people.

Lukwago says other passengers who were aboard the same flight informed them that Besigye had been whisked away into a waiting vehicle.

URN has learnt from sources that Besigye has taken to his home in Kasangati. There was a brief exchange between Lukwago and the security operatives, including army soldiers, who ordered him and some FDC members to leave the airport.

There was also an exchange between the soldiers and journalists, who had been blocked from entering the airport, unless they displayed their passports and air tickets as proof that they were traveling.

Military and police deployment remains heavy along the Entebbe-Kampala highway.


Police deploy heavily ahead of Besigye’s return

A joint force of military and police officers have heavily deployed on Entebbe road ahead of the return of former presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye.

Besigye returns to the country today following one month trip to the United States and United Kingdom.

Presence of both military and regular police officers is visible from Kibuye to Entebbe airport.

At Kibuye round about, a number of soldiers are seen patrolling the area, with about 15 regular police officers. There was however no sign of police deployment at the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party headquarters in Najjanankumbi by press time.

Joint military and anti-riot police officers are stationed at Kawuku trading center and Kisubi police post, about 15kilometers from Entebbe Airport. Heavy deployment is also at the entrance of Entebbe International Airport where Besigye is expected to arrive shortly after 8am from Nairobi, Kenya.

Water Canon and teargas trucks are stationed at Kajjansi police station and Abaita Ababiri trading center.

A number of FDC supporters have already flocked the airport to welcome Besigye.He is expected to address the media on arrival, and thereafter proceed to the party headquarters.

However yesterday, Police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi warned FDC supporters against hooliganism.

Just to add that traffic officers are manning a checkpoint at Kitubulu.


KAGADI: The attempt to set ablaze a radio station

By Robert Ssegawa.

Security has been beefed up in the five newly created districts where polls has been held some arrests were made in Kagadi after report of voters bribery.

In Kagadi NRM flag bearer Steven Kasingabwe is facing stiff competition from independent candidate Yosiya Ndibwami and FDC Peter Byahangire for the district chairperson post.

While the district Woman MP is two horse race race between NRM Jenipher Mbabazi and FDC Magreat Naziwa Rujumba.

In Kakumiro district voters choose between NRM flag bearer Ssemanda Apuli and Independent candidate Bazala Lawrence for district chairperson.

3 campaign agents of Yosiya Ndibwami an independent candidate for Kagadi district chairperson were arrested last  night and detained at Kagadi police station after were found bribing voters with sugar and soap.

Also in police cells at Kagadi is Arinaitwe Ismail over Arson attempt.

OC Kagadi police station Ayesige Joseph identified the suspect as Ismail Arinaitwe who alleged to set a blaze FM radio station belongs to Buyaga west MP Barnabas Tinkasimire.

He will appear in court after investigation.

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ARRESTED: Driver that knocked down FDC supporter

By Robert Ssegawa

The   Police driver who knocked one of Dr. Kiiza Besigye’s supporter has been arrested by the Police Standards unit.

The director in charge of public relations Andrew Felix Kaweesi has identified the driver as Constable Benon Masiko attached to Kiira road police station.

He was captured on video when he knocked a pedestrian who was standing by the road side in Kalerewe as on the day Dr. Besigye was released from jail last month.

Kaweesi is now appealing to the victim to file a statement with police so that the culprit is disciplined.

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