Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has ordered the Uganda Police to immediately vacate the home of beleaguered Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and allow him access to food.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Felix Kaweesi yesterday said they are at Lukwago’s home after receiving reports he wants to storm City Hall, KCCA’s headquarters with a group of youths and cause chaos.
Kaweesi added that they will continue deployment at Lukwago’s home until they are sure he has dropped his move to cause chaos in the city.
However, on Tuesday afternoon, Kadaga ordered the police to vacate the mayor’s Wakaligga home.
“Government should allow and send food to Lukwago and Besigye ‘s house holds immediately” Kadaga ordered.
This was prompted by complaints from mainly opposition MPs that Lukwago and his family had been denied access to food.
Leader of Opposition in parliament in parliament Nandala Mafabi expressed his dissatisfaction with the way Lukwago and Besigye are being treated by the police saying “As we speak now, Besigye and Lukwago have been confined in their houses for the last 4 days”
“For the last week Lukwago has not accessed the bank, he asked for money from me but police refused me to give him money” Muwanga Kivumbi said of Lukwago’s ordeal.
However, Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi denied this saying “Everyone in Lukwago’s house is being given food, I will not take at face value the accusation that they are not being given food”
There were chaotic scenes at Lukwago’s home on Monday as his supporters battled police in an unsuccessful attempt to ‘free him from preventive arrest’.
Teargas and bullets were reportedly fired to disperse the irate supporters of the mayor.