Police will vacate the home of National Unity Platform presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi but will maintain their surveillance ‘to ensure he doesn’t break the law’ according to police spokesperson, Fred Enanga.
Enanga says that even though they haven’t yet received the court, they will withdraw from Kyagulanyi’s home in Magere, Waksio district later today because they are a law-abiding institution.
“We have to ensure security is maintained since it is our prerogative to ensure we detect and prevent crime,” police spokesperson Enanga said. “The surveillance would ensure Kyagulanyi doesn’t instigate violence among the public.”
Hours after the High court ordered the army and police to immediately vacate Kyagulanyi’s home, there is still heavy security deployment near and at Kyagulanyi’s home. Kyagulanyi and his wife Barbara Itungo have been locked up inside their home since January 14 when Uganda took to the polls to elect their president and members of parliament.
According to the Electoral Commission, the incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni won the presidential race after polling 59 per cent of the ballots cast while Kyagulanyi garnered 35 per cent of the ballots. Kyagulanyi has since rejected the results and called on Ugandans who voted for change to reject Museveni as their president.
Roadblocks are still placed on all feeder roads leading to Kyagulanyi’s home and there are still restrictions to all people who want to access the house. Only village locals are allowed past the roadblocks after presenting particulars as area residents.
Other motorists and journalists are still being turned away at the roadblocks with soldiers and police officers seen still patrolling the area in vehicles and on foot.
Edward Ssebagala, a diehard supporter of Kyagulanyi and a resident of Gayaza in Kasangati town council, Wakiso district said when they heard that court had directed security to vacate the home, they came hoping to see their ‘president’ but they were turned away by security.
Ssebagala hopes that the security agencies will respect the court order and their leader regains his freedom of movement and association.