Police Blocks Key Opposition Leaders in Their Homes

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Poly Namaye, the Deputy Police spokesperson, says the opposition leaders were blocked from leaving their homes following the declaration to participate in the defiance campaigns to protest the outcomes of the February 18th polls.

Heavily armed anti-riot police officers have blocked key opposition leaders within Kampala and other surrounding districts from leaving their homes to participate in demonstrations to demand for an independent audit into the February 18th polls.

 
Some of the key opposition leaders who were blocked from leaving their homes include Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former FDC presidential candidate, FDC president General. Mugisha Muntu and Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago among others.


 
Poly Namaye, the Deputy Police spokesperson, says the opposition leaders were blocked from leaving their homes following the declaration to participate in the defiance campaigns to protest the outcomes of the February 18th polls.



She also says they blocked the leaders in line with an interim order issued by the Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma banning all activities under the FDC defiance campaign. The court order all bans weekly FDC prayers held every Tuesday at the party headquarters and district offices countrywide. 



According to Namaye, they will maintain the deployment for the next four weeks as directed by the court. Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former FDC presidential candidate told URN on phone this afternoon the decision to stop them from leaving their homes, is clear evidence that the ruling National Resistance Movement party didn't win the presidential polls.

 
He says if the party had won the polls genuinely it wouldn't have blocked them from leaving their homes to expose the rot in the elections. President Yoweri Museveni is scheduled to be sworn for the next term of office on May 12th.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.