Uganda: Police Smash Besigye's Car, Take Him to Unknown Detention Facility

4 November 2019

Police officers who were Monday deployed at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole, Wakiso District, to block a scheduled press conference by the leaders of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), have arrested the party's former president, Dr Kizza Besigye.

The cops smashed the windscreen of Dr Besigye's car before pulling him out.

They took him to a waiting police vehicle and drove to an unknown destination.

Earlier, police had stopped FDC officials from holding their weekly press conference at the stadium.

The press conference that is usually held at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, was shifted to the stadium since party leaders had planned to hold their governance seminar at the venue after the press briefing.

After being blocked from accessing the stadium, Dr Kizza Besigye, the former president of the party, decided to drive to Najjanankumbi as a procession of supporters followed him.

This forced police officers to fire teargas to disperse the procession.

All access road to the stadium were blocked by armed police officers, causing a traffic gridlock on in Kireka, Banda, Bweyogerere and neigbouring area.

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