Luweero Police Blocks 'Free-my-Vote' Campaign Prayers

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In short
The prayers are part of the activities outlined by the FDC in protest of the outcome of the February 18 presidential election and the subsequent home detention of the partys presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye who has been under police siege since the declaration of presidential results.

Anti-riot policemen are deployed at Forum for Democratic Change- FDC party offices in Luweero town council to disperse enthusiasts who were converging for the ‘Free my vote' campaign prayers.

The prayers are part of the activities outlined by the FDC in protest of the outcome of the February 18 presidential election and the subsequent home detention of the party's presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye who has been under police siege since the declaration of presidential results.

The other activities include boycotting work every Thursday and boycotting the National Resistance Movement presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni, his supporters and musicians who campaigned for him.

Museveni was declared winner of the polls with 60.6 percent after garnering 5,971,872 votes against Besigye's 3,508,687 votes, representing 35.61 percent of the total votes cast. But the FDC disputed the result.

The NRM Presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni scored 55 percent of the votes in Luweero district against Kizza Besigye got 41percent.

Scores of FDC leaders and supporters today gathered  at the party  offices located along Kampala-Gulu highway in Luweero town, in line with the campaign, to protest against what they call outright vote rigging' that cost their candidate victory from the polls.

However, the activity was interrupted by a team of anti-riot policemen under the command of Savannah Regional Police Commander Julius Ceaser Tusingwire. They were ordered to vacate the offices or risk arrest.

A scuffle ensued when FDC supporters disregarded the directive saying that they had a right to conduct prayers as they so wished.  Subsequently, Police confiscated all furniture from the office and transferred it to Luweero Central Police Station. Police is also maintaining a heavy deployment at the offices and nearby roads.

However, FDC Luweero district spokesperson Geoffrey Kaddu condemns police action saying the force is disregarding its mandate and openly engaging in partisan activities in favour of the NRM party.
 
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Savannah Regional Police Commander Julius Ceaser Tusingwire says FDC Party leaders did not notify police about the activities which are likely to disrupt traffic along the Kampala-Gulu highway.
 
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But Hamis Migadde another FDC mobiliser says that the party notified police three days about its impending activity. He says they however got a directive to halt the activity last night. Migadde says that police has no right to stop the prayers.

Other FDC supporters protested the incarceration of Besigye whom they say is in ill health over emotional distress and lack of access to basic services.

Some FDC Supporters fled in fear of arrest but were regrouping amidst heavy deployment by press time.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.