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Police: Why we Cordoned Off Opposition Leaders’ Homes

Security forces have Thursday sealed off the residences of top opposition leaders in Kampala and Wakiso Districts.

The homes of Dr Kizza Besigye (FDC), Medard Sseggona, Ingrid Turinawe (FDC) and Erias Lukwago (Kampala Mayor) remain under a police cordon.

Dr Besigye said in a brief note that, “Every way out of my home is barricaded since very early today.”

He added: “The intention is to deny us freedom to move and to be at the Military Court where Bobi Wine is to be produced this morning.”

Police spokesperson Mr Emillian Kayima said cordoning off opposition leaders homes was a “preventive measure” aimed at “deterring crime.”

He police “got intelligence information that a number of them intended to engage in criminal activities.”

Asked to shed more light on the “criminal activities” planned by the opposition officials, Kayima said he would not wish to provide details.

He, however, emphasised: “Our job is to detect and deter crime. We don’t want to give a possibility to crime yet we have intelligence about these activities.”


The police action comes high on the heels of opposition’s plans to hold protests demanding the release of Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi from jail.

The lawmaker is today expected to face the General Court Martial at Makindye on charges of unlawful possession of arms and ammunition.

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