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Police vows to maintain siege at Besigye's home

Police have vowed to continue besieging former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president Kizza Besigye's home in Kasangati so as to prevent him from mobilising masses to protest against the rising commodity prices.

Besigye has been under house arrest for now five days since last week when attempted to walk to the city centre in protest against rising fuel and commodity prices and the general lack of government intervention.

The government continues to blame 'external forces' particularly the Russian-Ukrainian crisis as the reasons for the rising inflation. Finance minister Matia Kasaija maintains that even when the government intervenes through tax reductions, the prices will not necessarily come down. But critics have pointed to neighbouring government's interventions such as the 12 per cent increment of the minimum wage by President Uhuru Kenyatta to offset the rising cost of living while President Samia Suluhu of Tanzania also increased civil servants' salaries by 23 per cent. 

"The use of illegal processions has a potential of massively disrupting the other rights of the community, through disruptions in the flow of traffic, breach of peace, looting of shops and roadside market shops, mugging and theft of phones from bystanders and pedestrians, running battles with security personnel and provocative behaviour like burning of tyres etc," police spokesperson Fred Enanga said in a statement.

Police and the army have since established a base at Besigye's home - with all his visitors registered and screened despite previous High court orders barring the police from turning one's home into a detention centre.

"We therefore, wish to remind the Rtd. Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye, that Section 5 of the Public Order Management Act (POMA), is still in force and requires all organisers of public meetings to notify the IGP, at least 3 days but not more than 15 days before the proposed date of the meeting.  The notice should indicate the date, time, location, size, purpose and other basic information which is justified, to ensure the smooth conduct of the assembly. It is therefore, unfortunate that he did not give any notice and thus contravened the provisions of the POMA. We shall therefore, continue using our powers and discretion in policing unlawful assemblies.  All our territorial commanders have been tasked to remain vigilant and work with political actors who keep their activities within the law.  And in addition, use lawful and reasonable methods to disperse and disrupt unlawful assemblies." said Enanga.

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+3 #1 kabayekka 2022-05-17 05:40
Indeed this is a Public order management Act that was enacted and passed by the NRM majority Parliament to oppress the people of this country.

That is why the elected Parliament of Uganda has got to be blamed for all that is going wrong in this country.
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0 #2 Akot 2022-05-17 14:23
kabayekka,

Thanks.

Ugandans can stop Museveni, police, army, parliament by just saying NO to the tribalistic system & UNITING!

Why wait & go for next fake presidential & parliamentary elections that will only protect Museveni & ensure his 45 years in power!

Once Ugandans end the tribalistic system & UNITE, who will arrest, kill them?

From which tribal land will Museveni fight back from this time & which tribes will join him?

Why are tribal leaders still in posts & Ugandans alright with this, knowing the outside world will watch in silence?

USA/UK/EU are UNITED against Putin to ensure UNITED Ukrainians get help!

Why are Ugandans not UNITED against Museveni?
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0 #3 Zaitun 2022-05-18 19:22
"The government continues to blame 'external forces' particularly the Russian-Ukrainian crisis as the reasons for the rising inflation. Finance minister Matia Kasaija maintains that even when the government intervenes through tax reductions, the prices will not necessarily come down."

Each time the govt finds itself in problems, the lame-duck to blame is 'external forces'. The question is, does Uganda govt buy her products from Ukrain or Russia?

Simply tell us the fact that you guys have miserably failed to govern as expected. You are all corrupt and die-hard thieves to the core. If the truth could come out, Ugandans would be surprised to find that their country has become bankrupt.

For how long will you hide your heads in the sand like desert camels to accept the truth that you have driven the country to below poverty level? Was it for nothing that you went to print money in Bordeau, France?
Simply tell us that Uganda is bankrupt now! we are not kids.
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