Uganda:Besigye arrested again

Published by Daily Monitor
On 15 October 2016 saa 09:10
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Opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye was on Saturday arrested as he tried to leave his home in Kasangati, Wakiso District.

Shortly before his arrest, Dr Besigye, as usual had a heated verbal exchange with Mr Robert Kachumu, the DPC Kasangati police station.

Mr Kachumu asked Besigye where he was going but he refused to disclose, insisting that like any other citizen, he has a right to go anywhere he wants without being questioned.

Dr Besigye is being detained at Nagalama Police Station in Mukono District.

The former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate’s arrest comes just hours after a group of members of the Opposition told journalists at his home that they plan to petition parliament over his continued house arrest.

Opposition Members of Parliament led by Mukono Municipality MP, Ms Betty Nambooze and a group of lawyers led by Ladislous Rwakafuzi said they plan recall parliament from the month long recess to discuss Dr Besigye’s continued harassment by the police.

Addressing journalists, Nambooze said the continued detention of Dr Besigye and the heavy deployment of police at his home was is illegal.

“Next week, we are going to look for draft a petition and signatures from MPs to recall Parliament to discuss the continued detention of Besigye,” Said Ms Nambooze.

According to Nambooze, the petition will be ready on Monday and on Tuesday, they will start collecting signatures from MPs to recall parliament.

“We want government to tell the country why Besigye is still under house arrest, who is responsible for the police officers at his home and who is supposed to pay his bills among other issues,” she added.

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Dr Besigye argues with the DPC Kasangati Police Station shortly before he was arrested.