24 December 2012

Uganda: Lawmaker Gives Himself in to Police

Police Monday finally arrested the Kampala Central MP, Muhammad Nsereko after sieging his home in Old Kampala for over nine hours.

MP Nsereko had allegedly refused to answer to police summons and locked himself inside his bedroom when the police stormed the premises at about 4.00am on Monday.

Police also chased away journalists who had entered his home located in Zone Four in Old Kampala and sealed off the place, blocking even neighbors and chased away the home people.

Six lawyers kept at Nsereko's place with several legislators who checked on the home and later left, including trade, industry and cooperatives minister, Amelia Kyambadde.

Mike Mukula, the NRM Vice chairman, Eastern Uganda, said he brokered between Nsereko and the police and managed to let him speak to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga.

The police also issued a letter from court summoning Nsereko to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in Kireka. After several hours of waiting, Nsereko finally gave in himself to the police that drove him away at terrific speed in a heavily guarded convoy, accompanied by fellow MPs.

Regional Police Commander in charge Kampala North, Steven Tanui and Kampala North Police Operations commander Sam Omala commanded the police at the scene.

Mukula said Nsereko was wanted over charges of incitement in connection statements he made at the funeral of fallen Butaleja woman MP, Celinah Nebanda.

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