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Supporters shield Besigye from arrest

Discussion in 'Ugandan News and Politics' started by ByaseL, Jan 25, 2012.

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    Police attempts yesterday to arrest opposition leader Kizza Besigye after a rally in Namungoona, a Kampala suburb, were thwarted after stone-throwing youth routed security personnel, creating a safe passage for the FDC leader.
    The rally organised by the Activists for Change pressure group was slated to take place at Kasubi Market grounds but was shifted to a playground in Namungoona, about two kilometres away, after the police objected to the initial venue.

    At 6:40pm, the FDC leader and A4C officials attempted to return to the city centre after the uneventful P. 4

    Namugoona rally when police blocked their entourage from using the Kasubi route.

    Dr Besigye, who had been instructed to use the Northern Bypass to his Kasangati home, disembarked from his vehicle to speak to the commanding officer at the scene.

    The police insisted the politician must follow their instructions but Dr Besigye refused, insisting he must drive through Kasubi Trading Centre. The crowd also demanded that the politician be allowed to move freely.

    A scuffle ensued when operatives in police van Reg. No. UP-1928 attempted to shove the FDC leader into the waiting car only to be met with stiff resistance from his supporters who managed to fight off the security operatives.
    In the melee, Dr Besigye was whisked away by his supporters in his vehicle and a high speed chase ensued between police and the FDC boss towards the Bwaise Suburb.

    Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the residents who pelted them with stones. Several people were injured in the scuffle.

    But in a statement late last evening, police boss Kale Kayihura said: “Today’s rally in consultation with the organisers has not registered any major incidents. The UPF (Uganda Police Force) wishes to highly commend the lawful and respectful approach upheld today.”

    He, however, noted: “A small minority of people still appear reluctant to comply with the lawful instruction of the police and the agreement with event organisers. The UPF will not allow this tiny minority to threaten public safety, security and peace of mind or to interfere with other law-abiding participants in such events.”