They provoked me: Besigye explains why he fought with police

Published by Daily Monitor
On 2 November 2016 saa 06:54
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Opposition leader Kizza Besigye yesterday accused the police of provoking him into a fight when the force blocked a service provider from leaving his Kasangati home.

On Monday, Dr Besigye engaged police officers in a brawl, which ended in his and other activists’ arrest. Police had blocked his visitors from accessing or leaving his home.

“I had hired a tent in Kasangati, the owner came and picked it in the morning but when I went in the afternoon, he was still stuck there, they had stopped him from leaving the place, the other people had been stopped from coming,” Dr Besigye said. He described as “criminal” the police actions and vowed to fight such acts starting with the “liberation of my home”.

The former presidential candidate explained that he had been forcefully removed from one prison [Kasangati home] to another [Naggalama Police cells] and again forcefully returned [to Kasangati home].

Police, has since the run up to the February 2016 general polls, sieged Dr Besigye’s home, only allowing him to leave at the force’s discretion.

Dr Besigye, has however, beaten the police surveillance on numerous occasions only for police to find him in the Kampala City centre or in the country side.

He has in the past sought and received a court decision stopping police from using his home to detain him.

Police maintain that they are using a “containment approach” and “preventive arrest” on the Opposition leader who has since called for an “audit” of the 2016 poll results and maintains the incumbent hold onto power is “illegitimate”.

No case advanced
Meanwhile, Dr Besigye who reported at High Court yesterday as part of his bail conditions, decried the failure by the prosecution to advance a case against him in the high court almost six month since he was first charged terming it as persecution.

“There is no case committed to this court [High Court] to be tried, there is no case at all, all this is harassment without a case, I could have been in prison without any case. I don’t know whether any case would ever be filed in this court..”

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Dr Besigye scuffling with police officers at his home in Kasangati.