As Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) continues with its defiance campaign ahead of president Museveni swearing in ceremony, police is using an iron hand to deals with the defiant group.
Lord Mayor elect Erias Lukwago, Pastor Happy Ngabo and controversial Makerere University Institute of Social Research (MISR) research fellow Dr. Stella Nyanzi among many other FDC supporters spent a night behind police cells after defying court orders, Kizza Besigye has revealed.
“Lord Mayor Lukwago, Pastor Ngabo and two other Pastors spent the night in Naggalama police cells. Dr Stella Nyanzi and 25 plus people are in Katwe Police cells,” Kizza Besigye said today morning.
The arrests came on the heels of police warning that it is ready to effect court order banning FDC defiance activities.
On Friday, Justice Kavuma in an exparte court order banned on the party’s “defiance” activities and countrywide demonstrations which will take place on Thursday 5th May, 2016. However, FDC has ignored the court directives.
Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura yesterday said defiant FDC leaders holding prayers will be charged of court contempt.
“The Police is duty bound to ensure that the Interim Court order is complied with. We therefore, caution the FDC leadership, electronic and print media, as well as the public that the Tuesday and Thursday demonstrations in form of prayers that are routinely held at FDC headquarters and party branches fall into this category of assemblies and demonstrations prohibited by the court order,” he said.
Adding; “To avoid clashing with the law, FDC leaders and supporters should respect the court order, and stop holding the demonstrations. If they are not satisfied with the order, the course of action they have is to go to court and get it overturned. Otherwise, it is good law and MUST be complied with. Thus, whoever ignores the order and goes ahead to engage in those prohibited demonstrations should know they will be in contempt of court and shall be criminally liable.”