Tension As Uganda Opposition Leader Remains Under House Arrest


There is tension in Uganda this morning as court failed to rule on Uganda Opposition leader Besigye Kizza’s House Arrest, resulting in a clash between the country’s police and opposition supporters outside the court.

Mr Besigye’s supporters came out en mass this morning and rallied outside the Magistrate’s Court in Kasangati near the capital, Kampala.

With deep expectation, they stood waiting to hear the ruling in a case taken to court by his lawyers against Mr Besigye’s continued house arrest after weeks of general election.

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However, the curious ears waiting outside were disappointed when they were told that the case had been recalled to the High Court following an application from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Speaking outside the court, Mr Besigye’s lawyer David Mpanga noted that the pace with which the case file was recalled is questionable:

The opposition supporters swore to match to Mr Besigye’s home, chanting free my president and probably get him out of his house.

Uganda had its general presidential election in February. Mr. Kizza Besigye who is the main opposition of the ruling party was taken into custody
severally before finally being placed under house arrest on the election day.

Since the election day, Mr. Kizza Besigye has been under house arrest. Once he tried to leave his house and was bundled off by the police who later brought him back to his house.

Police have filled the contender’s home since his house arrest.

Winnie Byanyima, wife of Besigye, likened the troop of police outside of their home in Kampala to those at ‘military barracks’.

Kizza Besigye had dismissed the result of Thursday’s elections in which President Yoweri Museveni won a fifth term in office – extending his 30-year-rule.

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He had sworn to go to the Electoral Commission headquarters that morning of his arrest to demand for a copy of the declaration of the results from last Thursday’s elections.

However police presence at both his home and at the Electoral Commission offices have cut short his plans. The same police presence was cited for his reason not to have gone to court to contest the result within 10 days after it was announced.

But a third opposition saved the situation as he filed a case against the result. Though the third opposition lawyer’s office was attacked and some files stolen, the case is still ongoing.

It’s just Besigye, scores were also arrested during and after the election. Journalists were also bundled by police while they were reporting live outside Besigye’s home.

Also, social media was shut down during the election leaving the result questionable.

Uganda’s election results which declared Yoweri Museveni the winner, has been slammed by many. Kenya’s Nyong’ö Anyang had stated that the election was badly rigged.

European Union mission also called on Uganda to make public detailed results of its presidential election, which declared President Yoweri Museveni the winner to proof its credibility.

The EU’s Election Observation Mission said this after Kizza Besigye’s right hand man revealed that Besigye Kizza, the major challenger, had been seized by the police for the sixth time within a week.