The Police today afternoon searched the residence of Nakawa Member of Parliament Michael Andrew Kabaziguruka who was arrested yesterday at Port Bell Luzira and later whisked him back to Special Investigation Directorate in Kireka where he is being held.
Security was tight as security personnel who drove in with the MP combed all the rooms in the house as others searched the compound. Police still remained tightlipped over the arrest even though sources and could not divulge what they had recovered at the home.
On Wednesday, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that Kabaziguruka together with another were under police custody SID Kireka. “The circumstances under which they were arrested are very sensitive, although we cannot divulge any further details at this stage for fear of jeopardizing our investigations, we can only confirm to you that the suspects are helping us with investigations, into some very serious offences that involve other suspects as well,” Enanga said.
Police promised to furnish the media with details about the arrest at an appropriate time. Kabaziguruka was driven to SID at around midday however by evening he had refused to come out of the police car.
This is not the first time the new legislator who defeated the former Attorney General Fred Ruhindi has been arrested.
In September 2012, Kabaziguruka who is also the Forum for Democratic Change deputy electoral commissioner was arrested and accused of forming a new rebel group known as Revolutionary Forces for the Liberation of Uganda (RFLU) and aligned in court and charged with treason.
The state alleged at the time that Kabaziguruka committed the offense together with a self-employed Frederick Namara. Court heard that the two live in the same home in Luzira a Kampala suburb. Namara is self- employed according to court documents.
After winning the 2016 elections, Police surrounded the MP’s home and often times never allowed him to leave his residence. The same residence where Kabaziguruka was arrested was the one being occupied by FDC President Kizza Besigye when he fled to exile in 2001.
Moses Byamugisha a party activists described the arrests as part of the state scheme to intimidate the opposition. “This is part of the crackdown on our defiance campaign intended to silence key leaders who the state has singled out and have the rest of Ugandans intimidated. All of us engaged in this activism know that facing trumped up charges is one of the things we will have to go though and I am sure Kabaziguruka wherever he is ,hard heartened,” he said.