Activists Sue CAA over Besigye’s Airport Arrest
By Serestino Tusingwire
The Alternative Leadership Initiative for Uganda (ALIU), a loose coalition comprising of young professionals, has initiated a civil suit against the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and police over the manner in which former presidential candidate Rtd Col Dr. Kizza Besigye was arrested at Entebbe airport last week.
According to ALIU, the manner in which Besigye was handled under the facilitation and aid of CAA violates travel and aviation protocol.
Besigye’s rights to association, liberty and dignity were violated upon his arrival in Uganda.
Andrew Karamagi, the spokesperson of ALIU, noted that the arrest of Besigye was in total disregard of the international civil aviation standard aircraft handling and procedures, cargo and passenger safety as well as other established protocols of immigration in Uganda.
Besigye, who returned into the country last week after a month’s trip to the US and UK, was whisked away by security officers to his Kasangati home as soon as he disembarked from a Kenya Airways aircraft.
The CAA later released a statement saying they had no knowledge about the incident which the ALIU condemns saying that it indicates that they do not have the capacity to take charge of the airport.
Members of the opposition also recently revealed plans to petition the International Civil Aviation Organization over the Besigye Entebbe airport incident.