Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president Rtd Col. Kiiza Besigye has this afternoon been arrested by police and is currently detained at Kira Division police station in kira town council, near the capital Kampala, according to an aide.
Besigye was arrested at his home in Kasangati, a city suburb.
According to Mwijukye Francis, an aide of the former FDC president, “Besigye was arrested while greeting MPs Hon. Winnie Kiiza and Hon. Kaginda at his gate in Kasangati.”
Mwijukye who is also a member of the opposition party’s National publicity Committee described the arrest of Besigye as inhumane. Posting on his Facebook wall he said “Dr. Besigye has been in humanely grabbed, thrown into the police Van UP 1928 and taken to some unknown location.”
This is the second time Besigye has had an altercation with the police in less than a week. Last week, on his return from abroad, he and his supporter were involved in running battles with the police as the latter tried to block the former from accessing Kisekka market.
Police fired teargas to disperse the crowds that also saw riot prone Kisekka market sealed off and taken over by the military police.
Early this morning, police ‘besieged’ the retired Colonel’s home and told him that he can’t be allowed to go to town because there is s strike by the traders.
City traders under their umbrella body Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) today begun a strike against the Pre-Import/Export verification scheme that they say will go on till Friday this week.