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Edith Byanyima's Lawyers Protest House Raid

A reliable Source in Police told URN that police had received information from an informer that there was a ware house at Byanyimas place which was printing people power t-shirts, overall and caps. Before the information was verified, a team of detectives was dispatched to go and search the place.
Edith Byanyima together with her friends at her residence shortly after the search
Lawyers of Edith Byanyima have protested the manner in which detectives from Kabalagala Police Station raided and searched her home.

The detectives led by Assistant Superintendent of Police Godfrey Kuteesa, the deputy Officer in charge Criminal Investigations at Kabalagala Police station arrived at the Byanyima home in Muyenga escorted by two police patrol vehicles.

The officers surrounded the home as the detectives entered the house.

Francis Bwengye, Byanyima's lawyer says that it was illegal for the detectives to search the house of his client without a search warrant. 

"They did not have a search warrant. They didn't say what crime our client committed. We also have the same questions as you," Bwengye said.

During the search, the detectives recovered 24 pieces of red coloured table clothes, which they confiscated.

According to the search Certificate signed by Kuteesa and other police officers only 24 red pieces of table clothes of Nytil material were recovered from the house. 

However Byanyima and her lawyers Bwengye and Eva Nabitaka refused to sign on the search certificate.

Byanyima refused to comment on the incident saying, police should be given a chance to do whatever they are doing without her interfering with investigations.

At the time the search was carried out, the area chairperson Fredrick Oteba was not at Byanyima's house. He arrived when the search was done and was shown the table clothes that were recovered.

"I don't know whether having red clothes is a crime nowadays. I don't know why they did not pick the blue, yellow and green ones. Maybe they will also remove colour red from the National Flag," Oteba said after the search.

The Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago who is also Byanyima's lawyer said that the search is a sign of a regime in panic.

"You can see what they are doing. This is all a sign of a regime in panic. The sign of a collapsing regime," Lukwago said while leaving the premises.

Attempts to get a comment from the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire were futile as he was not in office and was not picking his calls.

However a reliable source in Police told URN that police had received information from an informer that there was a ware house at Byanyima's place which was printing people power t-shirts, overall and caps.