Two days to the polls, Ugandan police force has arrested opposition leader Kizza Besigye Monday as he campaigned for the country’s presidential election on Thursday. Besigye was take to the Central Police Station and detained at Kira Road Police station briefly.
The arrest followed chaotic scenes as Besigye campaigned in parts of Kampala including Kamwokya. Witnesses said police fired tear gas at a Besigye’s procession in the capital, Kampala, and took him into custody.
Besigye is reported to have refused, but was cut off at Kitgum House after defiantly getting out of the car to continue on foot.
His actions prompted police to fire tear gas to disperse crowds that were following him and later he was arrested by the District Police Commander Aaron Baguma.
There was a growing crowd of FDC supporters gathering outside Kira Road Police Station chanting “Besigye, Besigye” as they called for his release.
Besigye who is making his fourth run for president was whisked away from Kira Road Police Station in a police van to his home in Kasangati.
According to FDC mobilizer Ingrid Turinawe, Besigye’s campaign trail is as follows;
- Kamwokya 9am
- Nasser road 10 am
- Nakasero mkt 10.30am
- Arua park 11 am
- Kiseka mkt 11.30 am
- Kagugube 12 pm
- Bukesa 1pm
- Makerere university 2pm
- Mini price 2.30pm
- Cantainer village 3.pm
- Kafumbe mukasa 3.30pm
- Nabageleka p/s – main rally. 4pm