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The Observer | One Fatality As Presidential Candidate Kizza Besigye Is Arrested

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Posted February 15, 2016 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in The Roadmap to 2016 ~ 2,285 views

     

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Police arrested Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye following a disagreement over a route to use to his campaign venue in the Kampala Central Business District. Police accused Besigye of disregarding a directive to use Mukwano road, which is considered to be less congested for his procession to the city center. He however insisted on using Jinja road, which runs through the city centre.

Kampala District Police Commander Aaron Baguma says a procession through Jinja road would disrupt business. The four-time presidential candidate was briefly held at Kampala’s Central Police Station before being taken to Old Kiira Road police station and then driven to his home in Kasangati.

His supporters began to swell at CPS before police dispersed them, firing teargas and also ordering traders along Kampala road and around Arua Park to close their shops. Police was briefly engaged in running battles with a group youths who emerged from Kisekka market and vowed to ‘rescue’ their ‘president’.

However calm and normalcy was quickly restored. The rioters closed and barricaded off Kyaggwe road – lighting bonfires using used car tyres. Anti-riot Police backed with armored personnel carriers swung into action and fired teargas and used water cannons to disperse the rioters.

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The rioters dispersed into the neighboring Mukwano and Kisekka Auto malls before they regrouped and started pelting police personnel with stones leading to running battles. A police officer sustained bruises on the head after he was hit by a stone. Two rioters were picked up and bundled onto a waiting police pickup truck. A team of heavily armed Military Police also rushed to deploy around the area to restore calm.

Our reporter also saw a team of Uganda Red Cross Volunteers in the area ready to respond to emergencies. Makerere university students where Besigye is to have a rally also protested his arrest. The students turned their anger on President Museveni and other ruling party, NRM candidates’ posters pasted around the university – tearing and burning them up in flames.

After the brief detention Besigye left his home with a huge convoy with of hundreds of his supporters. He vowed to carry on with his campaign programme insisting that he was sanctioned by the Electoral Commission to campaign in Kampala today.

The Electoral Commission campaign timetable indicates that Besigye had planed rallies in several parts of Central Kampala including: Makerere University, Nabagereka Primary School and Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium.

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‘NOT ARRESTED, BUT ESCORTED’
Interestingly, police at a press briefing claimed Besigye had not been arrested but rather “escorted” to his home in Kasangati. Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said after Besigye refused to follow the suggested route, police was left with no option except to fire “limited teargas” to disperse the swelling crowds.

Besigye in tow with hundreds and hundreds of supporters attempted to return to the city to address his earlier disrupted rallies but was blocked at Wandegeya road junction. This incensed his supporters who responded by pelting stones at the police. Police insisted that by driving through the city, Besigye and his mammoth crowd would disrupt business Kampala.

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For most part of the afternoon and evening, police and Besigye supporters were engaged in running battles. Traffic to and out of Kampala blocked from Wandegeya. Throughout all this, Besigye stayed locked up in his car surrounded by multitudes of police personnel. Later in the evening after 6pm, Police towed Besigye’s car (with him and Kampala Woman MP Naggayi Nabilah inside) to Wandegeya Police Station.

They were later released in the evening. Besigye vowed to carry on saying police’s actions today; were meant to intimidate him and his supporters but that will carry on from where he was stopped until he topples the dictatorship. During today’s skirmishes, one unnamed person was shot and killed and several others injured.

Uganda goes to polls this week on February 18. Although all leaders are calling for peace before, during and after elections, it has become increasingly unlikely that the election will be violent free.

Source — The Uganda Observer


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    Nancy K Mugga

    Thank you so much for this up date. You are a reliable source





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