"Since the 15th of last month our offices have been under siege there is no activity we can carry from there, we have written to the Inspector General of Police, the Electoral Commission chairperson, but they are also waiting for the orders from above. This is unconstitutional,” said David Lubongoya, the NUP Secretary-General.
National Unity Platform-NUP party officials have complained about the security siege
of their offices in the Kampala city suburbs of Kamwokya, saying it is
hindering their efforts to collect evidence to support their petition
challenging the presidential election results.
Apparently, none of the party
officials or members are currently accessing the offices because of heavy security deployment. This comes almost a
week after High court ordered security to vacate the residence of the NUP party President, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu in Magere in Wakiso district after spending two
weeks under siege.
Kyagulanyi in his residence prior to the declaration of the contested
presidential election results to allegedly stop him from inciting violence and
riots among his supporters. Despite withdrawing from his residence, police and the military have maintained their presence at the NUP offices.
say the security siege of their offices is frustrating their efforts to
prepare for the hearing of their petition against challenging the victory of
the incumbent president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
"Since the 15th of last month our offices
have been under siege there is no activity we can carry from there, we have
written to the Inspector General of Police, the Electoral Commission chairperson,
but they are also waiting for the orders from above. This is unconstitutional,”
said David Lubongoya, the NUP Secretary-General.
claims that the Field Force Unit and military officers who have pitched camp at
their offices are turning away some party members with video and audio evidence
of the malpractices that marred the election.
According to Lubongoya, they cannot
access many documents that they would use to support their petition before the
Supreme Court because of the security blockade at their offices.
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Lubongoya says that they will petition court
demanding that the officers vacate their offices because NUP is a registered
political party in Uganda.
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Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga without divulging details, said they detected
security threats and decided to deploy to neutralize it.
He declined to comment on
the matter when contacted by our reporter on Tuesday, saying he needs to
consult his superiors.