Uganda police arrests former opposition leader



By Godfrey Olukya    26-1-2013

Police in Uganda has today arrested its key opposer, the former leader of the main opposition party, FDC, Dr Kizza Besigye.

They accused him of attempting to organize disruptive demonstrations in the country’s capital, Kampala.

Kizza Besigye has twice stood against the incumbent, Yoweri Museveni in presidential elections an failed. Late last year his party elected a new leader after his term of  office expired.

Uganda media center has  issued  a statement on behalf of Police about Kizza’s arrest. It said, ‘Following attempts to unlawfully assemble and carry out riotous demonstrations, under the banned 4GC group, Dr. Kizza Besigye has been arrested this morning.’

The statement went ahead to explain that Uganda Police, had earlier received intelligence reports to the effect that outlawed organization called ‘For God and my country (4GC)’ was intent on unlawfully assembling today. Police in turn did issue an order and a press release reminding all concerned that this assembly would be illegal.’

‘Nonetheless Dr. Besigye did willfully proceed with unlawful action with intent to illegally assemble and has therefore been arrested for refusal to obey lawful orders.’ it added.

In the same vein, Kampla city mayor who also belongs to the opposition, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago,  has also been arrested, following refusal to obey lawful orders issued by Uganda Police. His arrest stems from  earlier application to assemble, which was turned down by Uganda Police.

‘Though Mr. Lukwago did receive this communication, he nonetheless defied this order and proceeded to organize for assembly today.’ the statement said.

Police went ahead to remind all Ugandans that lawful orders should be obeyed and Police shall cooperate with the public and other security agencies to maintain law and order, prevent crime, and ensure the safety and security of the country.


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