Crime & Investigation

Mafabi: DPP Refused To Slap Treason Charges On Besigye, Lukwago

sick geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>“While we remain peaceful in our actions, order the President will be reminded that he is not a monopoly of violence, brute force and firepower,” said Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Nandala Mafabi on Friday.

“All these can be just a matter of decision and before Ugandans know it, we are all blown up into oblivion. This is not something we want to do but it is something that President Museveni is increasingly pushing Ugandans towards. Stand warned,” he added.

Mafabi expressed disappointment that the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, Dr Kizza Besigye and many other activists have been in “illegal detention by the Ugandan government (authorities)” and that “The circumstances that led to their detention are purely political.”

He said the mess in Kampala is strictly a war for control of the city.

“But now President Museveni is bent on harassing his political opponents by using and abusing institutions such as the Police and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to hound the Lord Mayor and his supporters.”


Police this week used teargas to disperse opposition supporters as they protested the arrest of Lukwago and Besigye.

The opposition had earlier called for protests to challenge the KCCA Tribunal’s findings that found Lukwago liable for incompetence, abuse of office and misconduct.

Police said opposition fell short of abiding by the Public Order Management Act requirements in planning their public assemblies.

Police also faulted opposition for using inciting language. Besigye and Lukwago were arrested and charged for being part of an unlawful assembly.

However, Mafabi says the Police have continued to willfully abide by the illegal wishes of their commanders and President Museveni in particular.

“The institutional abuse and misuse by President Museveni has found a most fertile ground in the police force. The Police are now deeply drawn into the squabbles and they are making mistakes by the minute. They move someone (being treated as a suspect) from one detention facility to another in the middle of the night simply because they fear (the sure) reaction from the public,” he noted.

Mafabi observed that while police on one hand are trying to purport that they are protecting the public and their businesses from the actions of Mr Lukwago and Dr Besigye,” the police will not wish the same public to know where the two gentlemen are being held or when and where they are being moved. This they do because they fear that the public will rise to the rescue of people known to them as their leaders. The IGP Kayihura and President Museveni’s other decision implementers know that it is illegal to move people who are being held as suspects at night.”


Mafabi also alleged that Museveni “ordered the DPP (Mike Chibita) to charge Dr Besigye and the Lord Mayor with treason but the DPP has yet refused.”

“However, in spite of the fact that President Museveni has in the past variously used the DPP to execute his political wars, we are informed that the current DPP is trying to resist that; at least he is trying to resist the President’s illegal orders.”

Mafabi said the problems of KCCA will not be solved by teargas, bullets, arrests, threats, illegal detentions and intimidations.

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