By Twaha Mukiibi in London and Ruth Namatovu in Kampala
Hundreds of Ugandan nationals living in the UK yesterday (Wednesday) braved the freezing cold weather and came out on the London streets to demonstrate against what they claimed was a blatant rigging of the February 18 elections by the incumbent, Yoweri Museveni, and the continued indefinite incarceration of Dr Kiiza Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader who many believe won the elections.
The demonstration took place in front of Uganda House at Trafalgar Square , a building bought by Gen Idi Amin in the mid-1970 to accommodate the office of the Uganda High Commission, where placards of the picture of Dr Besigye were held high together with critical messages of anger directed against Museveni. The main message was that Ugandans in the United Kingdom did not agree with the results announced by the Uganda Electoral Commission Chairman Badru Kiggundu. “Release our legitimate president,” many were heard demanding. Dr Besigye’s campaign song of ‘Toka Kwa Bara Bara’ (get out of the way) was the main demonstrator’s battle song.
The demonstration was organised mainly by the P10 UK chapter members in coordination and support of all peace and democracy yearning Ugandans in the UK. From the Uganda High Commission building, the demonstration headed to 10 Downing Street, the official residence of British prime ministers and handed in a petition against Museveni’s current actions in Uganda that have included placing Dr Besigye under house arrest since it was claimed he had been defeated at the elections.