Roads leading to high court closed ahead of Besigye bail hearing

Security has sealed off all roads leading to and around Kampala high court ahead of the bail hearing of Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former FDC presidential candidate. The affected roads included a section of Lumumba Avenue, Buganda road, Shimoni Road, the Square 1 and Square 2 roads.

Heavily armed military police, anti-riot police and regular police have barricaded the affected roads and are restricting access to passersby. Police have also deployed armored vehicles at the constitutional square. They are only allowing workers of the High court, lawyers, school children and journalists through.

Workers at buildings neighboring High court like Rwenzori courts, Simbanyo House, Mabirizi complex, East African Development Building and Grand Imperial hotel, who normally pass through these roads are being told to find alternative access.

The closure of the roads has caused massive traffic jam on Kampala road as motorists try to find way to their places of work. Aron Baguma, the Kampala Central Divisional Police Commander, declined to comment on the deployment and referred URN to Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson.

However, URN overheard Baguma on phone alerting other officers that he had received a call notifying him that Besigye is expected to leave Luzira Prisons at 8am. Already a number of journalists and lawyer have already arrived at High court ahead of Besigye’s appearance.

Police have blocked his supporters and other members of the public from accessing the court premises. Besigye was remanded to Luzira prison by Nakawa chief magistrate’s court on May 18th where he appeared for treason.