Police explains keeping Besigye under house arrest (1)
Last week, Mr. Besigye was arrested outside his Kasangati home as he attempted to walk to town in protest of rising commodity prices.

A police statement Monday indicated that a siege has remained in place at the house of the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president Dr Kizza Besigye to ensure a calm situation.

The police Monday said security has remained siege in the home of the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president Dr Kizza Besigye in a bid to ensure he does not become chaotic.

Kizza Besigye was last week arrested outside his home in Kasangati as he attempted to walk to town to protest against rising commodity prices

Since he was arrested, the police have been keeping siege at his home.

Over the weekend, he (Besigye) rushed to social media to express his discomfort questioning why police officers had refused to depart his premises. Besigye also said visitors, media were being denied access into his home.

“8 Police patrol vehicles have been stationed at & around my home since Thurs; 2 of them + 1 sedan car being in front of the gate. Many police offices deployed all around. No visitors or media allowed in,” he tweeted.

However, the police has maintained they will only depart from his premises once the protest threats are forgotten. 

According to Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, since last week, there have been intended plans by the FDC initiator to protest over commodity prices but said the strikes are unlawful and thus they will not allow them any grounds.

He said they could not allow any individual to use processions as a tool to exercise his discomfort over one issue or another. 

“He wants to use the unlawful assemblies and processions as a toll to manifest his discontent against surge in commodity prices and fuel in the country. On a number of occasions we have seen how these processions have violated rights of other members of the society,” Enanga said.

“They have disrupted flow of traffic, looting of shops and roadside stalls, mugging and theft of phones from bystanders and other pedestrians and running battles with security personnel.”

In addition, he said it is under the police’s mandate to stop non-authorised processions or assemblies from happening. 

The police spokesperson urged the transitional leader to always engage the police and inform them about his plans three days in advance to enable them to prepare.

“We therefore call upon Dr.Besigye to respect the rule of law by informing the police three days in advance indicating his plans, date, time, location, size , purpose and other basic information that can justify the basis of his plans and assembly. Where there is breach of peace they(commanders) should use lawful and reasonable methods to disperse and disperse any unlawful assemblies,” Enanga added.

This is, however, not the first time Besigye has been kept under house arrest for championing protests. In the 2011 elections, he led the walk to work protests that paralysed the city.