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Kyagulanyi Promised to Make Uganda Ungovernable -Gov't Tells Court

State Attorney Martin Mwangusha who was relying on the affidavit of the Director Operations Uganda Police Force, Edward Ochom and Brigadier Dr Godard Busingye the Chief of Legal Services in UPDF opposed the case and asked court to dismiss it.
21 Jan 2021 18:49
Bobi Wine's Lawyers Anthoney Wameli and Sseggona at the High Court.

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    The Attorney General has told High Court in Kampala that the reason why former Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu is under siege is because he undertook to make Uganda Ungovernable like Libya, Iraq and Sudan.

  This was revealed by the State Attorney Martin Mwangusha before the outgoing head of Civil Division of High Court Justice Michael Elubu. 

Mwangusha was trying to defend the actions of government, by deploying security personnel at Kyagulanyi's home who have since deprived him of his right to personal liberty. 

  Three days ago, the government, Chief of Defense Forces and Inspector General of Police were sued by Kyagulanyi’s lawyers who demanded for his unconditional release.

The lawyers led by Anthony Wameli said that since last week on the polling day of presidential and parliamentary candidates, Kyagulanyi and his wife Barbara Itungu have not been allowed to get outside their home which infringes on their right to  liberty.

Kyagulanyi came second in the race of eleven candidates after being defeated by president Yoweri Museveni. 

  But Mwangusha  who was relying on the affidavit of the Director Operations Uganda Police Force, Edward Ochom and Brigadier Dr Godard Busingye the Chief of Legal Services in UPDF opposed the case and asked court to dismiss it.

AIGP Ochom first narrates the chronology of the past alleged  bad conduct of Kyagulanyi during his presidential campaigns up to when the police decided to keep him inside his home for the safety of property and people’s lives.

  Ochom states that Kyagulanyi was stopped from doing rallies that have more than 400 people but because of him being defiant, he went ahead and had rallies that would even host  2000 people and various DPCs witnessed him across the country.

 

  He adds that after Kyagulanyi  had been nominated for the concluded elections, he  said he would make Uganda Ungovernable like Libya, Iraq and Sudan. The three countries do not have peace due to the ongoing civil wars.

  The Director operations states further  that Kyagulanyi’s party has been training its members and supporters on sustainability of riots in the event that he loses and election.

 

"I know that Dr Lina Zedriga the Vice Chairperson NUP for Northern Uganda announced and declared that the party had a plan B being sustaining of riots and plan C being insurrection and riots to capture State House”, reads the affidavit in part.  

To Ochom, since Kyagulanyi’s past experience had been characterized by events that led to unnecessary loss of lives and destruction of property, security had to restrict his movements with the aim of neutralizing security threats that have been detected by the security organs. 

Evidence by government also shows that Kyagulanyi’s lawyers Mathias Mpuga and Anthony Wameli asked for permission to meet him (Kyagulanyi). But Kyagulanyi reportedly declined saying he wanted to meet the entire team. This means therefore that his lawyers have not been blocked as he alleges, according to government.

  Now, Ochom wants the case dismissed because it is misconceived. 

  On his part, Brigadier Busingye says in his affidavit that he knows that  under the UPDF Act and the constitution, where the army is jointly deployed  with police to maintain law and order, their participation is in a supporting role and therefore, they can't be held accountable.       

Busingye says they were invited by police and they are the ones who remain seized of the overall command and control.   

Now  the Judge has fixed January 25 2021 to deliver his decision on the matter. 

  But one of the lawyers of Kyagulanyi, Medard Lubega Sseggona says his client is still strong and determined to lead Uganda despite the gross human rights violations caused to him by the state.  

  //Cue in: Mentally he is…

  Cue out: …the village tyrants”. // 

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