19 Arrested in Kampala, Entebbe over FDC Defiance Campaign Top story

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Patrick Onyango, the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson says the suspects were arrested for participating in a demonstration that was against the constitutional court order halting all activities under the FDC defiance campaign.

Police is currently holding 19 Forum for Democratic Change - FDC party supporters arrested from different parts of Entebbe and Kampala yesterday.

The 19 suspects include; ten currently detained at Kampala Central Police Station (CPS), six at Entebbe Police Station and three at Jinja Road Police Station.

All the suspects were part of the demonstrators demanding for an independent audit of the February 18 presidential elections that was called for by FDC.

Patrick Onyango, the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson says the suspects were arrested for participating in a demonstration that was against the constitutional court order halting all activities under the FDC defiance campaign.

"There case files are being processed at the different police stations. They will be taken to court and charged with disobedience of lawful orders in line with section 117 of the penal code," Onyango told URN.

On Tuesday, 26 members and officials of the FDC were arrested outside the party headquarters at Najjanankumbi as they tried to access the premises to hold their Tuesday prayers. They were charged with disobeying lawful orders at Makindye Chief Magistrate Court and released on a non-cash bond of 5 million Shillings each.

A team of five justices of the Constitutional court led by Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma on Friday last week issued an interim order stopping Besigye and FDC from carrying out any activity relating to the defiance campaign until the court has heard and disposed off a petition by the Attorney General seeking declaration that the campaign is illegal and contravenes the constitution.

The FDC leadership has since announced that they shall continue with their planned activities which include Tuesday Prayers and a procession from Najjanankumbi to Nakivubo blue demanding for an independent Audit of the Presidential election.

 

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