28 March 2016

Uganda: Police Blocks Rukungiri Delegation From Visiting Besigye

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Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president Kizza Besigye.

Police has blocked a group of people from Rukungiri district who were on their way to visit Dr Kizza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate at his home in Kasangati, Wakiso district.

The group of about 76 people left Rukungiri at around midnight but were intercepted this morning at Lutete along Gayaza road, a few meters from Kasangati.

The same group had earlier on been intercepted by police at Kahungu in Ntungamo district but was let go shortly after. One of the travelers, who had carried two goats for Besigye was arrested by Police.

Polly Namaye, the Deputy Police spokesperson, denies claims that they have blocked the group from visiting Besigye.

"The Regional Police Commander (RPC) and the Divisional Police Commander (DPC) are there right now. They are trying to agree with the group on how best they can see Besigye but in smaller groups," Namaye said on phone.

Adding that, "We are also trying to verify who these people are." The group is led by Right Rev Bamushangire, Rt. Reverand Kanyonyi and Reverend Kahangirwe.

Charles Makulu, the Rukungiri mayor is also part of the group. Besigye's home has been under police siege for more than a month since the announcement of presidential election results on February 20.

All those visiting him, have their particulars recorded by police before they can be allowed to access the premises. On Saturday, Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police told journalists that the opposition leader wasn't under detention nor was police on his premises.

However, police has maintained road blocks and deployed several men on the road leading to Besigye's home.

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