AG Fred Ruhindi (R) listens to Mbabazi's lawyer Asuman Basalirwa

Moments before the pre-trial conferencing of Amama Mbabazi’s presidential election petition kicked off at the Supreme court, a few metres away in the upscale Kololo neighbourhood, the police was arresting key witnesses in the suit.

But their arrest remained out of public attention until lawyer Asuman Basalirwa brought the matter to the attention of the Supreme court.

Basalirwa said yesterday that at least 12 witnesses, who had travelled from five Busoga districts, were arrested as they arrived for a meeting at Mbabazi’s Kololo residence.

They were intercepted by security personnel recently deployed to keep watch around the former presidential candidate’s home.

“When they arrived, police officers came and asked them where they were going, and when they mentioned that they were witnesses in Mbabazi’s petition, they were bundled onto a police patrol truck and a Super Custom and driven to Kireka [Special Investigations Department headquarters],” Basalirwa told The Observer yesterday.

One of the witnesses, according to Basalirwa, evaded arrest and jumped back into their van to trail the police. His chase ended at the Kireka police facility where they were kept till late in the evening.

They were identified as Robert Ngobi, Wilson Kigombya, Samuel Kiyaga, William Waiswa and Umar Kitimbo. Others are Ken Kabbi, Ronald Waiswa, Henry Dhalawuka, Wilson Kakaire, Wilber Ssemujju and two women only identified as Jessica and Prossy.

According to Solome Nakaweesi, Go Forward’s chief of staff, after the matter was brought to the attention of the Supreme court on Monday evening, they were driven to Jinja.

“Five of them were dumped at the Kamuli roundabout while seven others were jailed at Nalufenya and one was taken to Jinja Central police station,” Nakaweesi said yesterday.

DISAPPEARANCES

Nakaweesi claimed that since Mbabazi filed the petition challenging Museveni’s re-election, at least 20 members of the Mbabazi camp have so far disappeared.

“We reported last week [that] six polling agents were intercepted on February 29; they were polling agents from Nabweru and Kakiri in Wakiso district, and were heading to Kololo [Mbabazi’s residence] in a Toyota Noah registration number UAP 710N and in possession of original declaration of results [DR] forms. They have since gone missing, and the DR forms which were part of the evidence for the election petition are also missing,” Nakaweesi said.

She added that the Go Forward camp strongly believe that these are acts of sabotage by agents of the state, aimed at instilling fear and interfering with the due process of court.

“Such acts are meant to destroy credible evidence that supports the petition and also intimidate witnesses and other conscious citizens who want to submit such evidence,” Nakaweesi said.

Sources in Mbabazi’s camp claimed that some of the witnesses under detention were officials in the electoral process, who had sworn affidavits that gave some insights on how the elections were rigged, including ballot-stuffing and alteration of results on DR forms.

ATTORNEY GENERAL

In the Supreme court on Monday, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe directed Attorney General Freddie Ruhindi to ensure that Mbabazi’s witnesses are not unlawfully detained.

By press time, Ruhindi had called Mbabazi’s lawyers for a meeting on how to handle the continued arrests of the witnesses. The reasons for the arrest of Mbabazi’s guests remained unclear. Yesterday, Kampala Metropolitan police spokesman was quoted in Daily Monitor newspaper as denying knowledge of the arrests.

But police sources yesterday confirmed that some people had been picked up from near Mbabazi’s home and detained in Kireka. One source, a senior police officer, said all the information about these arrests was with police spokesman Fred Enanga, who could not be reached by telephone by press time.

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0 #21 Caxton Kasozi 2016-03-11 07:44
Is it the citizens of Uganda who have regarded Uganda or is it the government to blame?

Much of the blame is apportioned to the people of Uganda. Greed, selfishness and inconsiderate minded people hearts is the root cause.

Citizens who are putting personali interests such as job and promotion first before the country's needs. Otherwise presidential term limits would not have been removed.

A large number of MPs wouldn't not been seconded because it is a burden on public funds. An effective parliament would be noticeable.

What we have is people receiving cars and money through politics. Conflict of interest situation is noticeable. Maintain silence to get allowance payments.
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0 #22 Lakwena 2016-03-11 08:51
Quoting Sadokus Sadat:
Museveni is very determined to ensure that his theft of the election is not challenged.

He is prepared to do anything a human mind cannot think of. How bad it is to live in Museveni's Uganda!


In other words Sadat, M7 is such a bogus that; only equally bogus people identify with and defend his actions.

The misfortune is that even right thinking Ugandans have allowed him to ruin this country as everyone else watches.

E.g. while Dr. Besigye is publicly being molested by the police (Gen Kayiuhra); it is unbelievable that the heads of the Churches and Mosques in Uganda, are quiet like the proverbial mice.

It is past three weeks since Dr. Besigye is innocently being detained in his own house, without trial. If the clerics cared and had guts (speak for the voiceless); by now they would have matched to Dr. Besigye home: at least to pray for him.

In other words, Uganda does not have a "Pastor Martin Niemoller" who stood up to Hitler. We do not even know where Retired Bishop Niringiye is.
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0 #23 Lakwena 2016-03-11 10:55
Quoting Dida:
Quoting sn:


You question question each and every voice of reason You throw praise where it is not due.

Maybe this is what you are paid to live on. Your trend is certainly anti people.


sn Its good to question all voices to see what motivates their passion.I see you doing it often.Sometimes you dont know whats gonna come out.

Just like a hypothesis would be.You can make as many predictions as possible.At the end of the day what matters are not the predictions but the outcome of the research.

I work with people and value my relationships with people you see.Sometimes we agree sometmes we dont but still respect one another and continue to relate.

The most important thing in thses relationships is TRUST.You earn it and no amount of wealth that can buy it sn.

If someone cant tell me why Muhoozi is bad but they keep telling the same I stop to listen.

If another person tells me how good Besigye is I can demonstrate his vulnerability and if one they gets upset then they are simply immature up there hahahaaa.


Dida, it seems you only see the glitter but not the gold.

Except challenging M7's tyranny and criminality: corruption, spendthrift, tribalism, nepotism, cronyism, buffoonery, etc.; tell us what wrong/evil (murder, rape, treason or petty theft) Dr. Besigye has committed to deserve you bile.

But I can tell that; according to some of the SFG Command guards; Muhoozi is as coldblooded and nasty as his father M7 and plastic smiling mother Janet Kataha.

Accordingly, for any minor infraction many SFG fellows have been locked up in Luzira or Kigo Prison, without trial and the keys thrown into Lake Victoria.

In other words, why did many UPDF soldiers in different barracks around the country vote for Dr. Besigye?

It is because the Prince of Darkness is a Gentleman! But is he?

That is where-from Allan Tacca the Sunday Monitor Cynic, e.g. described Muhoozi's sly smile: as if "the smile is extracted from a place full of pain!"
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0 #24 Dida 2016-03-11 23:58
Quoting Lakwena:
Quoting Dida:
Quoting sn:


You question question each and every voice of reason You throw praise where it is not due.

Maybe this is what you are paid to live on. Your trend is certainly anti people.


sn Its good to question all voices to see what motivates their passion.I see you doing it often.Sometimes you dont know whats gonna come out.

Just like a hypothesis would be.You can make as many predictions as possible.At the end of the day what matters are not the predictions but the outcome of the research.

I work with people and value my relationships with people you see.Sometimes we agree sometmes we dont but still respect one another and continue to relate.

The most important thing in thses relationships is TRUST.You earn it and no amount of wealth that can buy it sn.

If someone cant tell me why Muhoozi is bad but they keep telling the same I stop to listen.

If another person tells me how good Besigye is I can demonstrate his vulnerability and if one they gets upset then they are simply immature up there hahahaaa.


Dida, it seems you only see the glitter but not the gold.

Except challenging M7's tyranny and criminality: corruption, spendthrift, tribalism, nepotism, cronyism, buffoonery, etc.; tell us what wrong/evil (murder, rape, treason or petty theft) Dr. Besigye has committed to deserve you bile.

But I can tell that; according to some of the SFG Command guards; Muhoozi is as coldblooded and nasty as his father M7 and plastic smiling mother Janet Kataha.

Accordingly, for any minor infraction many SFG fellows have been locked up in Luzira or Kigo Prison, without trial and the keys thrown into Lake Victoria.

In other words, why did many UPDF soldiers in different barracks around the country vote for Dr. Besigye?

It is because the Prince of Darkness is a Gentleman! But is he?

That is where-from Allan Tacca the Sunday Monitor Cynic, e.g. described Muhoozi's sly smile: as if "the smile is extracted from a place full of pain!"


But you are right about Mu7 and Muhoozi auntie Messenger. Leopards do not produce rabbits.Once a cub always a cub!!

Muhoozi did not choose his father like I didnt choose mone either.But for Besigye he chose his path.

I wished that he was not overtly confrontational may FDC would have been more ffective in opposition.

I think thats where he messed up.Strategy, presumably driven by anger!!

How did Cynic see Muhoozi's deep pain??I'm intrigued.Is Cynic a Clinical Psychologist??

If someone was violent Messenger I could rationalise that violence comes from a dark place inside a human being.

Perhaps that view would be consistent with Besigye's ways of rallying a Country!!See what I mean autie Lakwena?
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