KAMPALA – Security forces have reportedly surrounded the homes of opposition leaders including that of former FDC President Kizza Besigye’s home in Kasangati ahead of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s appearance before the General Court Martial from Gulu military barracks.
Dr Besigye in a Twitter post has confirmed the presence of armed forces at his residence in Kasangati.
“Every way out of my home is barricaded since very early today. The intention is to deny us the freedom to move and to be at the Military Court where Bobi Wine is to be produced this morning.
The struggle for freedom and sovereignty won’t be blocked! [President Yoweri] Museveni must go,” Dr Besigye twitted on Thursday morning.
Also surrounded is the home of FDC secretary for mobilization Ingrid Turinawe.
The two were instrumental in leading previous protests against President Museveni. Others who have been blocked from leaving their homes include Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago who is also Robert Kyagulanyi’s lawyer and Makindye East MP Allan Ssewanyana
Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima says the opposition politicians were planning to cause riots in the city, and the decision to hold them in their homes is a preventive measure.
MP Robert Kyagulanyi alongside 32 other people were last week arrested in Arua during the violence that engulfed the area on the final day of the by-election to replace slain MP Ibrahim Abiriga.
While the rest were charged with treason in the civilian courts, Mr Kyagulanyi has been singled out for charges of illegal possession of firearms before the Military court.