Tensions in Uganda ahead of Musevenis inauguration

UGANDA{NEWS 24 / Kampala}  – Tensionsare reportedly rising in Uganda, as members from the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party continue to be arrested ahead of President Yoweri Museveni’s swearing-in ceremony, a report said on Tuesday.

According to theDaily Monitor, more FDC members were apprehended on Monday after police stormed the party’s offices.

Museveni is set to be sworn in on May 12.

Police raided FDC offices on Monday and arrested its deputy secretary Ggneral for administration, Harold Kaija, in Kampala.

Kaija had just finished addressing the FDC weekly media briefing when around 20 police officers stormed the offices.

This was the third time that the party’s offices were raided since the February 18 elections.

This came as FDC leader Kizza Besigye’s home remained restricted by police since May 5. Other members, among them, FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, were also being policed.

Threatsagainst journalists were also making the rounds, despite police denying this.

Last week, the opposition called for a nationwide strike on May 12 against Museveni’s re-election.

The government, however, moved swiftly andcalled for a ban on live media coverage of the protest, saying those who defied the ban risked having their licences revoked. READ MORE

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.