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Robert Kyagulanyi petitions high court seeking to be released from unlawful confinement

Former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has petitioned the High court in Kampala seeking orders to release him and his wife Barbra Itungo from what he has termed as unlawful confinement at their home in Magere, Kasangati Town Council in Wakiso district.

Kyagulanyi who has not been able to leave his compound since polling day filed the application through his lawyers of Wameli and company advocates. The petition contends that the former presidential candidate found security operatives made up of the Police and army surrounding his home when he returned from casting his ballot and have not left his premises since then.

He says they have stopped him and wife from leaving the home for now five days which he terms as illegal detention.

With the help of his lawyer Geoffrey Turyamusiima, Kyagulanyi claims he and his wife are being kept incommunicado without access to his family, friends and lawyers to swear the supporting affidavit. He sought court intervention to order the Attorney General, the Chief of Defense Forces and the Inspector General of Police to prevail over the security officers in order to produce the couple before court dead or alive.

Kyagulanyi who was declared first runner’ up by the Electoral Commission in last week’s election contests the results on grounds that the poll was marred with grave mal-practices and has since vowed to challenge incumbent President Yoweri Museveni’s win before the Supreme court.

Security have also cordoned off the National Unity Platform’s offices in Kamwokya, barring access to the facility in what party officials say is an attempt to foil the appeal before the Supreme Court.

However, Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga says security will not be withdrawn until Kyagulanyi denounces intended violence.

“The honorable Kyagulanyi together with party leaders under NUP had plans of instigating Political demonstrations and riots across the country and he has not come out to denounce these plans – That okay the ‘Plan B’ I was talking about was this,” Enanga said.  

Kyagulanyi also tweeted that his household had run out of food – with his wife barred from leaving the premises for more. According to Enanga, Barbie Itungo has been stopped from shopping because she insists on leaving the premises with Kyagulanyi.

“We granted her (Barbie Kyagulanyi) that passage but then again she gave us conditions that she needed to be accompanied by her husband. But during the heat of this aftermath, some of this NUP supporters would want to use this advantage to instigate riots,” he added.

Kyagulanyi and Itungo’s application for heabous corpus will be heard on Thursday at 10am by Justice Michael Elubu.

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