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Ssemujju has described the deployment as unlawful, saying the party was not served to defend itself before the court order banning their activities was issued.

Up to ten people have been arrested from the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party headquarters in Kampala this morning as they convened to join the party in the weekly prayers organised as part of the 'Free my Vote' defiance campaign.

Those arrested include Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Makerere University researcher Stella Nyanzi, Pastor Happy David Ngabo, Pastor Edward Sennyange among others.

The situation remains tense as heavily armed anti-riot police have besieged the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi. Ibrahim Semujju, the FDC party spokesperson, says their staff who turned up for work this morning found the offices surrounded.

The deployment follows an order issued by the deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma on Friday banning all activities under the FDC defiance campaign.

It followed an application by the Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana. In the  application, Rukutana said the act of carrying out the defiance campaign by Besigye and FDC with the aim of obtaining control of government of Uganda is inconsistent with articles 1 (1), 1 (3), 1 (4), 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the constitution.

Ssemujju has described the deployment as unlawful, saying the party was not served to defend itself before the court order banning their activities was issued. According to Ssemujju, they will go ahead with their prayers because police has no right to stop them from accessing their offices and conduct prayers.

Meanwhile, Police has also deployed heavily and blocked access roads to former FDC president Dr Kizza Besigye's home in Kasangati.
Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson says the court order is in force. During the weekly FDC media briefing on Monday, General Mugisha Muntu, the FDC party president, said they would take the prayers in mosques and churches should police interfere with their activities. 

He appealed to Ugandans not to give up as the situation at hand needs perseverance.


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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.