Uganda opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye has been arrested minutes after leaving his home in Kasangati as he planned to renew protests over the rising cost of living in the country, police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba confirms. Kasangati is a small town in Wakiso District, central Uganda.
“Dr Besigye was arrested as he left his house this morning and is being held in Kasangati” police station on the outskirts of Kampala, Alice Alaso, secretary general of Besigye’s Forum for Democratic Change, told AFP.
Dr Besigye’s arrest is the third time within a period of 14 days since the walk-to-work campaign began in Kampala before spreading to other major upcountry towns.
In a Sunday interview, President Museveni, in his first address to the nation on the crippling inflation and walk-to-work campaign said he will not seek a dialogue with his main political challenger, Dr Kizza Besigye, to end the growing opposition that has engineered several unrest over increased living costs.
President Museveni also said his government would not tolerate disruptive demonstrations. President Museveni said, “Is Besigye going to bring rain by walking?” he asked, “We shall deal with them (demonstrators) decisively. They will not cause any trouble, nothing.”
The arrests of Opposition leaders like FDC’s Dr. Kizza Besigye, DP’s Norbert Mao, UPC’s Olara Otunnu and prominent opposition figures like Kyadondo North MP-elect and IPC spokesperson Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda and many others all over the country can be seen in the light of this tough stand.
Source Daily Monitor