Former presidential aspirant John Patrick Amama Mbabazi has blamed police for this morning’s break-in into the offices of his lawyer Mohammed Mbabazi.
City lawyer Mohammed Mbabazi is leading the team representing Uganda’s former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi in a Supreme Court petition seeking to annul just concluded the elections, in which incumbent president Yoweri Museveni was announced winner by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on February 20.
“Those who raided counsel Mbabazi’s chambers were wearing police uniform, we have enough eye witnesses,” the former premier said.
According to Mr Mbabazi, a group of thirty policemen, some coming from Wandegeya Police Station, was present at the scene by the time of the break-in.
‘These raids were some few hours before the filing of affidavits. Files and computers were carried away. Evidence to be presented, “ he said adding: “there has been consistency in arresting and intimidating of our possible witnesses by state operatives.”
He also dismissed claims that the break in was staged by the opposition and warned that if the actions of the police are not controlled, ‘Uganda will quickly slide into a police state’. He added that his team would assemble and assess the impact of the raid and determine the next course of action.
Suspected burglars broke into the offices of two of Amama Mbabazi’s lawyers in the wee hours of Tuesday night and reportedly took off with computers and the 2016 presidential election petition case files.
The offices, one on Acacia Avenue in the quiet and leafy Kololo and the other on Buganda Road in Kampala, were reportedly broken into at about 3am.
And, reacting to the break in, lawyer Fred Muwema said his firm, Muwema and Co Advocates, had lost 15 affidavits in the break-in.