By Staff Writer in Leeds
Anti-Museveni protesters- mainly Uganda expatriates living in the United Kingdom braved a heavy downpour in the City of Leeds at the weekend to protest against what they called the ‘February fraudulent presidential elections’ and the subsequent violent repression meted to opposition leaders, civil protests and journalists.
Convening at Briggate Street before marching to Victoria Gardens, the protesters urged the European Union, the UK, the US and other Uganda’s international partners to push for sanctions against the Uganda Inspector General (IGP) Gen. Kale Kayihura for violating the law he’s meant to enforce.
The Uganda Diaspora P10 the UK Charter who organised the demonstration accuses the police boss for ordering the law enforcement personnel to ‘shoot to kill’ of unarmed protesters. Since Uganda’s electoral body controversially announced Gen Museveni as winner of the widely disputed general election last month, many unarmed protesters in several parts of Uganda have been shot and killed by police and other security agencies. Additionally, Gen. Museveni’s main challenger, Dr Kizza Besigye who contested on the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) been arrested on several occasions whenever he tried to get out of his Kasangati- residence 12.2 kilometres north of the capital Kampala and he remains under house for the last 35 days.
In recent weeks Anti-Museveni protests have been organised around western capitals in a bid to sway the donors and potential investors to deny legitimacy to the continuation of 30-year-oppressive regime in Uganda. Before the protesters marched to Victoria Gardens, Leeds city authority had to close Briggate Street to allow a peaceful demonstration. There was no tear gas to dislodge the protesters not even the rains could stop them from marching through the city of Leeds. They also publicly announce Museveni’s continued 30-year-rule and crackdown on civil society, including the opposition leader Besigye who has spent over 34 days under house arrest. During the February 18 polls, Uganda government blocked the access to several sites of social media.