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Date:05 May 2016
Uganda: Police stops opposition leader's 'swearing-in' ceremony

[By Godfrey Olukya] Uganda police on Thursday foiled plans by the main opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) to 'swear-in' President Yoweri Museveni's rival Kizza Besigye in the aftermath of February's controversial elections.

FDC party members wanted to 'swear-in' Besigye as the president of Uganda before disrupting Museveni's own swearing-in ceremony set for May 12 in Kampala.

Museveni was declared the winner of the February 18 presidential election with over 60 percent of the vote but Besigye's party rejected the results citing alleged fraud. Besigye got 35 percent of the votes.

FDC's plans to hold a swearing in ceremony at a Kampala school playground was part of the party's defiance campaign.

Police said they had foiled the event by deploying heavily around the proposed venue. Armed police also stopped Besigye from leaving his home about 15 kilometres from Kampala.

There was heavy police deployment in Kampala and other major towns with the streets of the capital being patrolled by armed military policemen and local policemen.

"We have put in place enough security measure to ensure that all Ugandans are safe and can go on with their work as usual," police spokesperson Fred Enanga said. "I call upon all Ugandans to go on with their work because security is assured."

On the eve of the 'swearing-in' Besigye wrote on Facebook that he "won the February presidential elections with 52 percent but instead Museveni was declared the winner." He called for nationwide protests to put pressure on government to accept an international audit of the results.

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