Thursday March 20 2014

Lukwago released, police withdraw from opposition members' homes



Police have withdrawn from the homes of the opposition leaders a day after they blocked them from leaving for their planned rally at Katwe in Rubaga Division on Wednesday.

Officers withdrew from the homes of embattled Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, in Rubaga, Kampala District, and former Forum for Democratic Change, president, Dr Kizza Besigye in Kasangati, Wakiso District on Thursday.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Mr Ibin Ssenkumbi, said police withdrew after seeing no threat of the opposition leaders against public peace.

“We also released Mr Lukwago without a charge because he was held on preventive arrest,” Mr Ssenkumbi said yesterday.

On Wednesday, Mr Lukwago was arrested by police as he was travelling to Katwe for a rally, which the police blocked citing sections of the Public Order Management Act. Dr Besigye was also not allowed to leave his home.
According to the police release bond, Mr Lukwago was supposed to report back at Old Kampala Police Station yesterday at 10am.

Mr Lukwago said yesterday he wouldn’t respond to police instruction because the law they cited isn’t existing.
“I am a lawyer and I don’t see any offence they quoted in the document. So I will not report to police,” he said.

The arrests come at the time when the Electoral Commission is preparing for a by-election of the position of a lord mayor despite a court order that annulled the process in which Mr Lukwago was impeached.

The EC Chairman, Dr Badru Kiggundu, insists that his institution isn’t aware of the court order and secondly they received a letter from Kampala Capital City Authority that the position of the lord mayor was vacant.
Mr Lukwago’s lawyers have also gone to High Court stop the elections. The hearing of the case seeking to stop EC from organising the election is expected on Friday