Police Raid Home of Uganda’s Opposition Leader

December 21, 2015 6:22 pm0 comments by:

By Joseph Elunya
Police have raided the home and offices of a leading opposition independent presidential candidate in Uganda.

A team of uniformed and plain clothes police officers on Monday raided the home and campaign offices of independent candidate Amama Mbabazi and arrested 20 of his supporters.

According to Mbabazi, 20 of his supporters including cleaners were arrested and taken to unknown locations.

The raid and arrests follow threats made by President Museveni that he would arrest Mbabazi’s supporters over the violent clashes that erupted between them and NRM members at a rally in the western district of Ntungamo.
Fred Enanga the Police Spokesperson confirmed the arrests. He however says those arrested had participated in electoral violence in western Uganda a week ago.
Enanga says police is so far holding seventeen supporters of Amama Mbabazi who participated in clashes with the ruling NRM supporters in Ntungamo.
Independent candidate Amama Mbabazi in his address to the media claimed the raid shows that President Museveni is panicking. Amama says he will suspend his campaigns as a result of what he called as intimidation by incumbent President Museveni.
Oposition is pilling pressure on President Museveni as he seeks to extend his 30-year rule. Elections are due in February 2016.
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