Water tight security yesterday cordoned off residences of Dr. Kizza Besigye and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago in a move to hamper them from what AIGP Andrew Kawesi called “breach ofpeace”.
The two opposition activists had earlier vowed to command a protest and called upon the public to gather at Parliament to witness which MP ‘sells out’ the country by passing the controversial Petroleum
Exploration Development and Production Bill. “Ugandans, this is a matter of life and death, let us all gather at Parliament in masses,” Besigye said.
Following ‘serious’ security threats by all opposition Political parties, civil society organizations, a clique of MPs and other Ugandans from around the country to storm Parliament in a procession, Police deployed heavy forces to combat the crowds. Lukwago and Besigye were still blocked from accessing the city and were by press time at their residences with no hopes of evading security like ever before.
Besides the deployment inside Parliament and around the city, Kampala Metropolitan Commandant Kawesi asked his ‘trusted men in uniform’ to launch a crackdown against any outfits which would cause chaos by sabotaging Parliament from passing the bill.
“Whoever is suspected to cause chaos must be worked according to the law let Parliament do its work as mandated. The Public is allowed to sit in the gallery and watch calmly if they raise voices my men are there to work on them,” he stated at CPS yesterday.
Police Forces camped at Lukwago’s home in Rubaga all day and not even the heavy down pour could let them give the Mayor space to leave his home. They vowed to block Lukwago and Besigye until dusk when they are convinced that they will not cause any commotion in the city. “We cannot leave this place until evening, when they can no longer cause havoc,” comic Sam Omola told journalist at Mayor’s home.
Meanwhile, Police commanded by CPS DPC James Ruhweza raided DP headquarters amidst a news conference where the party leader Norbert Mao was ‘inciting’ the people to invade Parliament and stop the passing of the bill. Mao said, “The battle lines have been drawn between a few greedy Ugandans in control of power and the great majority of all walks of life who work hard to make ends meet. DP calls upon all Ugandans to join civil society, MPs, political parties and other good intentioned people to stand up and put the country first. It is now or never.”
Mao said passing of the bill will be treasonous that the Government that has presided over the most classical looting of public resources in history is again trying to dash the only hope Ugandans have remained with to save them from squalor of poverty. Before he could rest his submission, Police operatives swung in action and arrested a few individuals including the party mouth piece Kenneth Paul Kakande, and Livingstone Kasozi who were charged on preventive arrest.
The commotion lasted for an hour before Head of Operations at CPS Onesmus Mwesigwa solved the issues with President General Mao in his office amicably.
Reported By Nicholas Mwesigwa & Milton Tumusime