Uganda:Police barricade homes of opposition politicians

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On 7 October 2016 saa 02:14
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The homes of opposition leaders were surrounded as early as 6 am on Friday

Kampala- Police have this morning besieged homes of opposition politicians ahead of their “first independence day rally”.

The homes of opposition leaders were surrounded as early as 6 am on Friday. The Bweyogerere-Kirinya home of Kira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the convener of today’s rally is surrounded by police.

However, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has been allowed to leave his Lubaga-Wakaliga home but with police trailing him. The home of Dr Kizza Besigye, the former presidential candidate of the Forum for Democratic Change remains under police siege.

A Thursday statement by Mr Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the police spokesman confirmed receipt of the opposition politicians’ letters informing them on the planned rallies but said the force was “resolute on ensuring the national celebrations are not disrupted” and instead invited the opposition to the function.

“The FDC party has been advised to attend national celebrations and desist from conducting any parallel celebrations. The general public is advised to avoid any parallel celebrations that are conducted outside the national celebrations,” Mr Kaweesi said in the statement.

Opposition politicians, however, remain defiant that their planned rallies will go on as scheduled.