Opposition MP’s Protest Dr. Kiiza Besigye Arrests

Dr Besigye (L) and Kampala city Mayor Erias Lukwago

LOP Nandala Mafabi
LOP Nandala Mafabi

Opposition Members of Parliament on Thursday protested what they called mistreatment and arrest of Dr Kiiza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change President.

Last Friday, Dr. Besigye went to hold a rally in Kawempe a Kampala suburb but police intercepted and arrested him and his driver. Dr. Besigye’s car was also impounded by police and later smashed by unknown people.

On Monday this week, while on his way to Nabweru Court, the three-time presidential candidate boarded a public service taxi. However, the police again arrested him and his driver and two aides who are still in detention.

The police also wrote off the taxi registration number plates.  Dr. Besigye was then released at 11:00pm after demanding an explanation from police as to why they keep arresting him without charging him.

On Wednesday, Dr. Besigye again tried to find his way to Kololo Independence Grounds to pay his last respects to the late First Deputy Premier Eriya Kategaya. However, police again arrested him and kept him at Kira road police station until 9:00pm.

Speaking at Parliament on Thursday, Leader of Opposition Nandala Mafabi said this shows total violation of his human rights and wants the police action condemned.

Roland Mugume, Rukungiri Municipality MP, says security operatives are handling Dr. Besigye like a small boy and Ugandans should demand for justice.

Ayivu County MP Bernard Atiku calls on the judiciary and Parliament to condemn what he called acts of lawlessness by the police.
Franka Akello, Woman MP Agago, said enough is enough and caused laughter when she related Dr. Besigye’s situation to a man cornered and would do anything to come out with force.

He Kitgum district counterpart, Beatrice Anywar wondered why President Yoweri Museveni should mistreat his former personal physician while still in the bush.

She said FDC is going to write to donors and International human rights bodies to take up the matter.
Ibn Ssenkumbi, the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, told the media that they took the driver to court though he did not reveal the charges preferred against him.

Police maintains that the continuous arrest of Dr Besigye is done to avoid disturbance of peace.

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