Uganda Confines Opponents Ahead of Museveni's Swearing In

  • Opposition party's chief mobilizer missing since late Sunday
  • Party conducts weekly prayer protests over alleged vote fraud

Uganda’s main opposition party said one of its senior officials is missing and the homes of its leaders were surrounded by security forces, three days before President Yoweri Museveni is sworn into office.

Confining the leaders of the Forum for Democratic Change is meant to curtail their freedoms as Museveni takes his oath on Thursday, Wafula Oguttu, the leader of the opposition in parliament and a senior member of the party, said on his Facebook page. Ingrid Turinawe, the party’s head of mobilization, was “abducted last night,” he said.

“I think they want all of us put out of circulation as part of their swearing in preparations,” he said.

Patrick Onyango, the police spokesman in the capital, Kampala, declined to comment, while the force’s chief spokesman, Fred Enanga, didn’t answer calls nor reply to a text message.

The FDC says its candidate, Kizza Besigye, won the Feb. 18 elections and conducts weekly prayer protests. The Electoral Commission said Museveni, who has ruled the East African nation since January 1986, won the vote by 61 percent of the ballots.

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