Uganda opposition accuses police of stealing evidence in poll dispute


An opposition group that launched a court case against the re-election of Uganda’s long-time president is accusing the police of breaking into a lawyer’s office and seizing crucial evidence.

The group, known as Go Forward, said Wednesday that men in police uniform jumped over a wall and broke into the office of lawyers representing former presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi.

Mbabazi, who was the Go Forward Candidate in presidential elections last month, pressed a lawsuit at the Supreme Court challenging the re-election of President Yoweri Museveni.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga denied police were involved in the alleged burglary and accused the opposition of “playing games.”

International election observers cited may irregularities with the polls.

Uganda held its elections last month, which was won by Museveni.

The country’s opposition rejected the results of the poll saying it was marred by incidences of voter intimidation and electoral malpractices that were orchestrated by the electoral commission to favour Museveni.

Kizza Besigye who came second in the poll was put under house arrest immediately after the poll, as the police accused him of plotting to incite the public to hold demonstrations to reject the results.