PROTESTS: Museveni Orders Kayihura To Arrest Besigye

what is ed patient geneva;”>Museveni separately directed IGP Lt Gen Kale Kayihura to ensure “Besigye is taken to where he belongs” if he “decides to resume his disruptive activities” in the city.

here geneva;”>Museveni, a source in the army has told Chimpreports Investigations Desk, said he “does not want to hear stories of Besigye in Kampala on Monday and in the future.”

Besigye and supporters have on several occasions clashed with police, leaving scores injured and property worth millions of shillings destroyed.

Sitting at his country home in Rwakitura, the President further instructed Kayihura to liaise will all relevant security organs “to secure the city.”

Col. Kizza Besigye on Saturday announced the resumption of countrywide protests starting October 1.


Speaking to journalists at the Inter Party Cooperation (IPC) headquarters along Katonga Road in Nakasero, Kampala Besigye said they would not be frightened by threats from security barring activists from exercising their “inalienable right to peacefully protest against 50 years of struggle and suffering.”

Flanked by opposition activists, Ingrid Turinawe, Francis Mwijukye, Kivumbi, Hajj Munyagwa and Erias Lukwago, the outgoing FDC President said political demonstrations will kick off in downtown Kampala.

“We shall tour downtown Kampala before holding a rally at Kampala Constitutional Square,” said Besigye.

Activists for Change (A4C) coordinator, Mathias Mpuuga, called upon all Ugandans to embrace the political activity without fear.

Mpuuga further stated the current regime has had a stranglehold on the state for more than half of the post independence era.

“It is indeed the reason the country is bleeding 50years after independence. It is the reason we continue to invite all Ugandans to summon all energies they can master to put to a halt, this abuse of power, neglect of state duties and end the 27 year old error!,” said Mpuuga.

He said for these failures, omissions and commissions; A4C intend as activists to hold a series of commemorational activities starting Monday the 1st of October 2012.”

Mpuuga added: “Our commemorations will be countrywide, and shall serve to remind all Ugandans, of the duty for everyone to stand-up for common good by rejecting the devilish works of the regime;- murder, corruption, nepotism, militarism and impunity.”

Sources say following the press conference, Kayihura telephoned Museveni, alerting him of the opposition’s planned activities.

The President advised Kayihura to meet other security chiefs and forge a way forward in “preparation for any eventuality.”

On Sunday morning, Kayihura is said to have met his trusted top cops in Kampala at the police headquarters and resolved to block Col. Besigye and other opposition leaders from leaving their homes on Monday.

“We shall cordon off their residences on Sunday night. We cannot allow a demonstration in the heart of Kampala,” said a source privy to police’s plans.

Another police officer told us that some opposition “ring leaders” are likely to be arrested on Sunday night.

A few months ago, security operatives swung into action and apprehended hundreds of opposition supporters from their homes just 6 hours before their planned countrywide demonstrations.

The move denied opposition the much-needed leadership to succeed in their plans.

“This operation made wonders for us. Our jails could be full before Monday,” the source intimated.


The planned protests come at a time when Uganda is preparing for Uganda’s 50th Independence anniversary celebrations.

Nevertheless, Mpuuga said government does not care and is insensitive to the needs of senior citizens, the very people that gave meaning to independence and manifest the face of the struggles that made the departure of colonialists inevitable.

“Those that put their lives on the line have been denied a descent retirement, their benefits paid to ghosts. Our commemorational activities shall involve among other activities; rallies, candlelight vigils at and with families of victims of the regime terror, prayers and related activities that will enhance the sense of independence and maturity among Ugandans, despite a stunted and morbid political class,” said Mpuuga.

He said A4C have reached out to different Ugandans over the last couple of days, including civil society players, religious leaders and elders; “and have received their assurance and support regarding the need for these commemorations, the every reason we invite all the wretched of the world under this regime to be a part of the hope and renewed promise for this country that we all cherish and desire.”

Mpuuga did not spare police in his statement.

“We take exception to the misguided eruptions from sections of the Ugandan police, to the effect that the state has the monopoly of determining who celebrates independence, and where to do so. We do not give instructions to the police; we expect them to reciprocate by avoiding delving into committing further illegalities against the Constitution, continue to abuse the rights and aspiration of an independent people determined to break the chains of servitude, subjugation and denial,” warned Mpuuga.

“We advise the leadership of the Ugandan police to stick to their constitutional mandate, and avoid re-opening of fresh wounds; having played a lead role in all the most recent abuse of human rights, including cold blooded murders, of several Ugandans for which no single inquiry has been made. They must be advised that, the struggle and quest for freedoms is not a matter choice but a daily calling to which certain people will never weaver.”

Police publicist Judith Nabakooba early this week said there was a heightened threat of terrorism in the region and any public gatherings that are not well secured would provide a soft target for the terrorists to attack.

“We have also learnt that several groups are planning to carryout riotous demonstrations countrywide with the purpose of disrupting the peace and Independence celebrations,” she observed.

“Whereas the Police respect and uphold the constitutional rights of individuals and groups to assemble, and express their opinions, the police on the other hand is constitutionally mandate to protect people’s lives and property at all times,” said Nabakooba.

“We, consequently, also advise any person or group that is planning a rally now to postpone after the Golden Jubilee celebrations.”

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