By Jessica A Badebye
Ugandan main opposition leader Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential flag bearer Dr Kizza Besigye, has made his maiden outing from his Kasangati home after a month’s house arrest.
The embattled opposition leader who, according to the Uganda Electoral Commission (EC) came second to President Museveni in the recent general election, but who many believe was cheated of his victory by the EC, left his home clad in a black T-shirt with an inscription reading “I can’t breathe” and his famous checkered blue hooded shirt to attend Black Tuesday Prayers at his party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, Kampala, early Tuesday. His test of freedom follows a directive by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) General Kale Kayihura for police to withdraw security from Dr Besigye’s home but also after international pressure and travel ban threats by the US and the European Union over Besigye’s freedom.
“Withdrawal of officers from Besigye’s home is a sign of good will but we expect him to respect the law. Dr Besigye always goes about his business undisturbed. It’s only when we sense that he is going to cause trouble that we contain him. My hope is that even after we have shown him good will, he will not cause problems,” Kayihura said last Friday while addressing the media at police headquarters in Naguru, Kampala.