Besigye freed from house arrest then re-arrested

Dr Kizza Besigye in one of the many clashes he has had with police in his quest to end Museveni's 30 year rule that has seen him arrested more than any other politician in Uganda's history.
Dr Kizza Besigye in one of the many clashes he has had with police in his quest to end Museveni’s 30 year rule that has seen him (Besigye) arrested more than any other politician in Uganda’s history. (File Photo)

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.

2 thoughts on “Besigye freed from house arrest then re-arrested

  • April 6, 2016 at 2:43 pm
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    Here in Kampala we FDC members were very happy that our leader had been released from house
    rest. As coming to FDC offices he was arrested because he wanted to pass through the city center.
    With the big crowd that was following him, the crowd was going to cause destruction of properties and business of ordinary people. And some of the followers just want to use this chance to loot and steal, cause traffic jams etc.
    There must be a better way of our leader travelling otherwise he will be arrested many times as the crowds around him destroy peoples businesses

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    • April 6, 2016 at 5:35 pm
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      This comment has all the markings of having been written by a supporter of the murderous regime currently in power in Uganda. This readera claims to be a supporter of the FDC but whatever he or she puts down clearly state the opposite!
      It’s the policy of The London Evening Post to give every Tom, Dick and Harry their say.

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