Besigye arrested in Jinja
Teargas as Police arrest Kizza Besigye in Jinja during FDC anniversary celebrations. File Photo

Teargas as Police arrested Dr Kizza Besigye in Jinja during FDC anniversary celebrations

Police in Jinja yesterday arrested Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) former President, Dr Kizza Besigye and took him to Nalufenya Police Station following running battles with FDC supporters.

Police fired teargas to disperse FDC supporters who had gathered at Bugembe Stadium to mark the FDC’s 15th-anniversary celebrations. According to Police, the gathering was unlawful.

And Ahmed Natumu, OC Jinja Central Division ordered supporters to vacate the place.

“They need to get clearance from the Inspector General of Police,” OC Jinja Natumu said.

Besigye arrested in Jinja taken to Nalufenya

But his orders received an objection from FDC supporters saying they have permission to hold the gathering and vowed to forcefully hold their meeting.

“Why should we vacate? the same permission that was granted when we were having it in Namboole is the same permission that has been given to us here today. But to our surprise, Police is coming here, we don’t know whether they have come to celebrate with us as FDC’s we don’t know

The situation worsened when Col Kizza Besigye arrived at the venue and started addressing his supporters.

“Everyone, wherever you’re this, is your battle. This battle is not only for Besigye, not for Kyagulanyi, this battle is not for anyone, but yours to know that you have the power. Because we want the next leader to be a servant, but not a ruler, to be our servant,” Besigye said.

But suddenly Police intercepted the activity by firing teargas to disperse the gathering which forced Dr Besigye to head to Jinja town in the company of his supporters.

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When Police tried to stop the procession, Besigye defiantly responded by asking why Police are much interested in infringing his rights of moving with his supporters.

And to supporters, they said that they already have a solution to teargas. They said when they fire teargas, they smear Vaseline and teargas will do nothing to me.

They, however, appealed to the government to bring a different type of teargas because the current one is no longer a problem to them.

The scuffle between Police and FDC supporters paralysed transport on Jinja Iganga Highway for more than two hours, as Police engaged FDC supporters in running battles.

Police later blocked Besigye’s vehicle sparkling another battle as FDC supporters pelted stones onto Policemen who were fidgeting to tie a chain-link onto Besigye’s car.

Besigye’s driver tried hard to drive past the breakdown and Police patrol vehicles to flee, but he was intercepted by another Police Patrol vehicle until his vehicle was chain-linked and towed to Nalufenya Police Station.

Besigye was then arrested together with some of his supporters and locked up at Nalufenya Police Station.

Besigye arrested in Jinja taken

Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda commenting on the matter said that the FDC 15th anniversary celebrations are very civil activities where they simply cut a cake and check on the health of party structures.

“And now what we meet is teargas, kiboko, arrests I don’t know maybe the NRM and their chairman must announce that there are no longer Political competitions in Uganda. political parties are closed, and then we know that we are all under the one-party scheme,” Ssemujju said.

Ssemujju says Police have failed to follow and apply the Public Order Management law as stated despite being briefed on how to apply the law.

“The process of producing this law is well documented. In the last Parliament, we even had the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda together with the shadow Attorney, Hon Abdul Kantuntu giving Police an interpretation on how they supposed to apply that law but they don’t follow,”

“We are no longer following the law because in all these cases, Dr Besigye was arrested when he was in Bugembe in a hall, where they even had a cake, a very civil, no problem civil activity. I was supposed to be in Buikwe at Lugazi with lord mayor but did we even move? As we were