Ugandan presidential challenger, Kizza Besigye was on Monday arrested by the police who fired tear gas to calm the chaos that ensued upon his arrest. Reports have it that he was arrested after trying to hold a rally in the centre of the capital, which police blocked.
Kizza Besigye is a three time failed presidential candidate, and head of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) political party. He is said to have been arrested countless times but is always released moments after his arrest.
Besigye, together with his supporters, were on their way to the business district of the country’s capital, Kampala, for a political rally when they were confronted by authorities.
Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni who has been in power for up to 30 years and who is running for a fifth term is said to face many oppositions from different political parties in this year’s elections, with Besigye’s not left out of course. In this year’s elections alone, his candidacy in the elections which kicks off February 18 is being challenged by seven opponents, one of the most prominent of them being Kizza Besigye.
Besigye’s FDC party officials accused the government of blocking their efforts to address supporters in the city centre. According to FDC’s chairman who spoke to ‘the monitor’, Museveni had ”declared all public places in Kampala central a ‘no go area’ for opposition”.
Police blocked us. This has left us with no choice but to address voters on the streets and roads” he continued.
However in a bid to prevent any mishap, the police put him in the front seat of the car which was surrounded by riot police men and journalists.
Besigye who as a matter of fact is Museveni’s former personal doctor had attempted to run against the president thrice in the past, but his previous attempts, however, failed.