By Our Correspondent in Kampala
Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has appealed to all Ugandans not to be intimidated by the Ugandan Police and urged all to defy police officer’s attempts to instil fear in the electorate in an attempt to stop them from going to the polls to vote for change this Thursday.
In what was seen by many as a clear attempt to instil this fear, an FDC supporter was gunned down by police as they tried to stop Dr Besigye from accessing certain parts of the Ugandan capital Kampala. Police used live bullets in an effort to disperse Besigye’s supporters who had converged on the capital to hear and encourage their leader as the country enters the last days of the sixth presidential election since the National Resistance Movement (NRM) captured power through the use of the gun on January 25, 1986.
In scenes that can only come from countries still unable to have a peaceful democratic campaign and election, Dr Besigye was publicly humiliated by the Uganda Police (see photo above) as he tried to garner for more votes before campaigning officially closes on Wednesday. Imagine US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders or Britain’s Jeremy Corbyn being treated likewise by Washington DC police of the Metropolitan Police in London respectively. Arrested briefly and kept in a cell, Dr Besigye came out with a bruised face that looked like he had been given the usual UPT ‘Uganda Police Treatment’ (the beating up of suspects while under police custody).