Uganda:CAA denies role in Besigye ‘kidnap’ at Entebbe airport

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On 6 October 2016 saa 03:02
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In a statement, CAA said it is not true that any of their vehicle or staff uniform were involved in the arrest of Uganda’s leading opposition leader on Monday morning.

ENTEBBE. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has denied allegations that it aided the arrest of Dr Kizza Besigye when he arrived aboard a Kenya airways flight at Entebbe airport.

In a statement, CAA said it is not true that any of their vehicle or staff uniform were involved in the arrest of Uganda’s leading opposition leader on Monday morning.

Dr Kizza Besigye, who was plucked from Kenya Airways plane immediately upon landing, told the media on Monday that men in CAA uniforms grabbed him from the aircraft, bundled him into the Authority’s vehicle and whisked him off to the nearby Old Entebbe Airport terminal where he was again bundled into a police car.

However, CAA said it is not true that whoever wears a reflector CAA-branded jackets at the back works for them.

“Safety regulations require all personnel authorized to access the airside to wear reflector jackets. At Entebbe International Airport, most of the reflector jackets are branded CAA at the back. It does not necessarily mean that whoever wears a CAA-branded reflector jacket must be a CAA staff (just like most Airport Access Pass holders have CAA-branded strings irrespective of who their employers are),” the statement issued on Monday evening reads.

CAA said it is possible that people not familiar with the CAA uniform could easily mistake whoever wears the reflector jacket to be its staff.

“The CAA staff uniforms are of different colours and bear a CAA logo at the front, which the reflector jackets do not,” the statement added.

On Tuesday, the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Ms Winnie Kiiza, announced the Opposition would lodge a complaint with International Civil Aviation Organisation, the UN body that brings together aviation agencies and is charged with ensuring air safety, over Besigye’s arrest.

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CAA says it is not true that any of their vehicle or staff uniform were involved in the arrest of Uganda’s leading opposition leader on Monday morning.

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