Makerere University Human rights students on Wednesday went on a peaceful demonstration protesting Kizza Besigye’s house arrest.
Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate in the February 18 presidential elections has been under house arrest for more than 40 days.
Dubbed “Barefoot demo,” Ethics and Human Rights Students Association walked around the university holding placards denouncing Besigye incarceration.
At the start of the demonstration, Makerere University police station officers intervened asking students whether they got permission.
However students assured police that the demonstration would be peaceful.
Henry Lubega, a third year student of Ethics and Human Rights who led the demonstration said students were not concerned about political parties but human rights.
“We have come here to converge in peace to demonstrate about the violations of human rights. This time around, we are not concerned about political parties, we are not concerned about Besigye as a politician, and we are concerned about violation of a human right. Besigye is a human being who has a right to move freely in his country,” Lubega said.
Adding; “We are saying this is a bare foot demonstration. This is not by fashion. But this is the only way we can express out disgruntlement to the state that we are not happy with what is taking place.”
The demonstration was graced by Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a research fellow at Makerere Institute of Social Research and an ardent supporter of Dr Kizza Besigye.