Police Denies Holding Mbabazi Election Petition Witnesses

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On Monday, Mbabazis lawyer, Asuman Basalirwa pleaded with the Attorney General through the Supreme Court justices to restrain police from harassing and arresting the people they intend to use as witnesses in their petition hearing.

Police has denied holding any presidential election petition witnesses as claimed by former ex-prime minister and independent presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi. On Monday, Mbabazi's lawyer, Asuman Basalirwa pleaded with the Attorney General through the Supreme Court justices to restrain police from harassing and arresting the people they intend to use as witnesses in their petition hearing.
 
 
He told court that 13 of their witnesses were picked up and detained at the Special Investigations Division (SID) headquarters in Kireka, a Kampala suburb and Nalufenya Police station in Jinja. On Wednesday, Mbabazi echoed the same message while addressing journalists on the raid on the offices of the chambers of his lawyers.
 
 
He said that on February 29th,  2016, six polling agents from Nabweru and Kakiri in Wakiso district, who were heading to Kololo in a Toyota Noah registration number UAP 710N and were in possession of the original Declaration of Results Forms went missing.  According to Mbabazi, the vehicle was found on Wednesday morning vandalised and abandoned near Temangalo in Wakiso District.
 
 
He said the whereabouts of the six occupants of the vehicle together with the Declaration Forms are still unknown. However, Asan Kasingye, the Chairman of the Inter Agency Communication Task Force has denied the accusations as false.
 

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Kasingye also denies claims that they picked up Mbabazi's supporters outside his home and took them to unknown detention facility.
 
 
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