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VIDEO: Besigye: I’ll Shun Presidential Debate if Museveni Doesn’t Attend

Police have apprehended 11 suspected robbers who have been terrorizing suburbs of Kampala including Kawempe and Bukoto.

Fred Enanga, click http://clinicapetterson.com.br/wp-includes/template-loader.php the police spokesperson says the group that was on Wednesday morning paraded before journalists has been engaged in a number of robberies that resulted into the death of 2 people who were shot in different places.

“We carried out a special operation amid concerns of aggravated robberies and related murders, hospital leading to arrest of the 11,”Enanga noted.

He added, “This followed specific intelligence leads picked from a robbery in Bukoto on February 4, that we were able to track the group leading to the arrests.”

Enanga displays the SMG rifle recovered.
Enanga displays the SMG rifle recovered.

The police mouthpiece added that their operation initially led to the arrest of  4 suspects who led them to the other members of the group that operated between Bukoto and Kawempe.


Enanga revealed that the group together with others still at large has been terrorizing people since November where they carefully orchestrated armed robberies and related murders.

“They have been most active between January and February with 4 incidents of shooting that led to 2 murders .On November 15, dressed in army green attire and armed with a gu, the group attacked and robbed 6 people at Lugoba Trading Centre,”Enanga noted.

The recovered riffle, bullets and other exhibits
The recovered riffle, bullets and other exhibits

Enanga says the group shot several bullets in a pharmacy before taking off with over three million shillings.

He added that on 2 occasions the gang shot people they suspected of following them.

He revealed that the police have since recovered an SMG rifle but are still looking for the second one, 110 rounds of ammunition, Toyota Ipsum vehicle and a Bajaj motorcycle.

“We are still investigating to establish whether given the incidents of shooting that led to 2 murders and the entire spate of violent criminality is politically motivated in a bid to cause fear and panic to the public,” Enanga said.
FDC strongman Dr Kizza Besigye’s much-anticipated participation in the planned first-ever presidential debate hangs in balance after it emerged that President Museveni would not take part in the initiative.

The President’s campaign spokesperson, cheap http://conceive.ca/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/integration.php Mike Sebalu said Museveni would instead spend time with his voters in western Uganda.

On Sunday morning, ed http://celiac-disease.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-encoding.php Besigye who is currently campaigning in North Eastern Uganda, said it does not make sense debating with opposition in the incumbent’s absence.

“The debate should be between two opposing sides,” said Besigye during a press conference at Tita Palace in Moroto.

“In fact the contestation in Uganda, to my mind, is between the dictatorship and the organisations challenging it… my view is very clear: that if Mr Museveni declines to have a debate, then we cannot have a debate alone; the debate simply collapses,” argued Besigye.

Former Principle Judge James Ogoola who heads the presidential debate’s organising committee said participants are expected to lock horns on topics of good governance, rule of law and social welfare, foreign policy among others.

Slated for January 15, the debate will be moderated by Alan Kasujja and Nancy Kacungira.

Mufti Sheikh Shaban Mubajje said the debate would be of much importance to the presidential candidates as they would use it to clearly and in detail explain their manifestos as they seek to take power in Uganda’s highest elective office.

“We expect it to be issue-based and not just a mere debate. The candidates must be able to explain what they would have to offer to Ugandans in case voted into power,” cautioned Mubajje, who co-chairs Uganda’s Inter-Religious Council.

On his part, Besigye said the church leaders who are organising the debate should “contact Mr Museveni to set another day which is convenient for him. For us we are available.”

Besigye further revealed that it was Museveni who set the date for the presidential debate.

“I was actually informed by chance of the date of debate by someone from Inter Religious Council of Uganda whom I had a meeting with on Monday. The gentleman informed me that the date was set by Mr Museveni in July last year before he became a candidate,” said Besigye.

“That in itself is very curious that a non—candidate sets a date for a debate presuming that he will be a candidate; that he fixes the date of the debate which six months later he is not able to honour.”

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