The raid on the office of the FDC in Kasese comes barely two days after the FDC party headquarters at Najjanankumbi were broken into, stealing a number of items including computers and printers.
Last week, the security operatives also raided the officials of the home of Kalyatha Bwambale, a renowned FDC supporter in Kisolholho village of Kitholu sub county in Kasese.
Plain-clothed security operatives have raided the offices of the
opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) political party in Kasese
According to Kasese FDC district chairperson Saulo Maathe, the security officers,
about 30 of them, raided the party offices along Alexander Street and started
ransacking the premises.
Maathe says the security personnel without identifying themselves started
searching the offices and scattered the items therein. He said it was after
they saw them in possession of firearms especially pistols that they realised
they were security operatives.
He says the security officials confiscated and took with them a series of
documents from the office including petition forms to the ICC, party’s minutes
for the different meetings, his National Identity Card and his phone.
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Maathe says they are yet to get information from the office the regional police
commander to explain why the party’s offices were invaded. He says the invasion
is an indicator of a continued shrinking space for political parties to execute
Kasese district FDC chairperson Geoffrey Sibendire Bigogo condemned the raid
and said it is a suffocation of the development of multi-party democracy in the
Bigogo argued that the best thing the security would have done if they needed
any documents from the FDC would have been to secure a search warrant from
court so that they get legal access to the party premises and subsequently all
party documents in the office.
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The district boss said the raid implies that the security agencies want to intimidate
FDC supporters ahead of the 2021 general election. He, however, said the party
will remain strong and committed to the cause for better governance within the
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He also added that the ruling government could be scared of the petition
recently launched by the former FDC party president Dr Kizza Besigye’s Peoples
The Peoples Government is in a campaign to solicit for two million signatures
from citizens so as to back their petition to the International Criminal Court
(ICC) to have President Yoweri Museveni prosecuted for what they call crimes
The raid on the office of the FDC in Kasese comes barely two days
after the FDC party headquarters at Najjanankumbi were broken into, stealing a
number of items including computers and printers.
Last week, the security operatives also raided the officials of the home of
Kalyatha Bwambale, a renowned FDC supporter in Kisolholho village of Kitholhu Sub
County in Kasese.
Rwenzori East Regional Police Commander Vincent Twesige confirmed the raid but
declined to comment on the matter.