Besigye arrested as Kenyans protest over Bobi Wine
- Written by URN
Dr Kizza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change party president has been arrested from his home and and whisked off to Nagalama police station.
Officers from the Field Force Unit apprehended Besigye this morning when he stepped out of his home in Kasangati in Wakiso district to inquire what they were doing on his compound.
In a 'preventive arrest' move, police officers deployed early morning at homes of opposition politicians including Besigye, Ingrid Turinawe, the FDC Women League leader, Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago among others ahead of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi trial in the Army court in Gulu.
Shortly before he was arrested, Besigye told the media that Ugandans ought to 'wake up' and take on the struggle to liberate the country from what he called current dictatorship under President Yoweri Museveni. He said Ugandans are fond of leaving the struggle to the few politicians, choosing instead to comment about the political dynamics in the country from social media rather than take part in the struggle.
"Unless Museveni has capacity to barricade every home in Uganda, but whoever is not barricaded should do something...Now I have even seen some people on social media saying; ‘why did you sleep in your home? You should know that it will be barricaded. You should sleep somewhere.' But, you, who's not barricaded, you should do something. This is not about anybody, struggle is for everybody that is what every Ugandan must wake up to." said Besigye.
Besigye was dragged into a waiting police known infamously known as the 'Besigye van' and driven to Naggalama police station. Besigye warned the state that arresting of a few opposition politicians will not silence the millions of disgruntled Ugandans out there.
"Cutting off 10 people cannot be cutting off 40 million people. So people wherever they they must be able to do what they can with what they have in every place where they’re. The struggle cannot depend on Besigye, Lord Mayor Lukwago, Ssewanyana, Ingrid Turinawe - I don’t know who and the few homes that are being barricaded," Besigye said.
Luke Oweyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson defended the deployment, saying they had received information that the said politicians were planning to cause violence in the city.
"We have got information that these leaders are planning to cause violence and we cannot allow this to happen again," said Oweyesigire.
Last evening, police issued a statement indicating that they had foiled a plan to set Kampala city ablaze when they impounded two trucks loaded with old car tyres.
Since the arrest and detention of Kyagulanyi in Makindye military barracks, sporadic protests broke out in the parts of the city and neighbouring districts - leading to the deaths of two people and the arrest of over 100.
Kyagulanyi was arrested in Arua following the shooting dead of his driver Yasin Kawuma. Kyagulanyi alongside 33 others were accused of stoning the convoy of President Museveni last week who was also in Arua for the by-election campaigns. He was then arrested on August 14, tried in the General Court Martial on August 14 on allegations illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. He was subsequently remanded to Makindye military barracks until August 23.
Today, the state dropped the charges of illegal possession of firearms and set him free. However within about less than a minute, Kyagulanyi was re-arrested and driven to the Chief Magistrate's court in Gulu to face charges of treason.
He was then remanded to Gulu prison until August 30. Last week, his co-accused who include three members of parliament, and about 30 civilians also appeared before the same court and were also charged with treason and remanded until August 30.
Meanwhile Kenyans today held protests in the capital, Nairobi over the continued detention of Kyagulanyi. The protests were organised by human rights activists.
The Law Society of Kenya advocacy group held a news conference demanding the politician’s release.
“We hereby call on the government of the Republic of Uganda to launch a thorough independent and impartial (investigation) including appropriate forensic investigations into how Yasin Kawuma was killed with a shot to his head. There must be accountability for this death. (There must be) an immediate and unconditional release of Kyagulanyi, otherwise known as Bobi Wine, from military incarceration,” said Charles Kanjama of the Law Society of Kenya.
The Law Society of Kenya called on its members to wear red ribbons in a weeklong campaign for solidarity with those in Uganda subjected to human rights violations.
“We urge the government of the Republic of Uganda to respect the rule of law and recognize that all power belongs to the people,” Kanjama said. “The people of Uganda want peace and stability and the ongoing crackdown on opposition dissidents will do nothing but worsen the situation.”
At Nairobi’s Pawa 254 organization, musicians, artists and right activists turned up for a free concert to support the detained politician.
Al Amin Kimathi is part of the organizing team.
“We did not know the turnout would be this big,” Kithmathi said. “We didn’t know the kind of traction that it would gain around the country. We are happy that it is gathering that traction around the country and we hope that the message is getting home that Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is getting the message from the young people of Kenya.”
Additional reporting by VOA
Its ironic that even when Ugandans now know Museveni came to steal their country, they still prefer keeping him through the tribalistic system!
As long as tribal leaders hold ground & bolster Museveni, there is no way there will be a common opposition leader, but Museveni will just go on eliminating any opposer who stands up without the people behind!
Have Ugandans not laboured enough to hand over tax money to Museveni, how rich do Ugandans want the demon to be?
Not 1 tribe has leadership to FREE his people from Museveni, how can this be possible & what pride is there in this?
What will Ugandans do without Museveni?
They are just criminals who do not deserve another day in office.
If Kenyans start a one million man march to Kampala to be joined by another one million from each of four corners of Uganda then a new dawn will have arrived via people power.
The time for people power is approaching.
1.'' when there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you'' AFRICAN PROERB
2. '' Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles'' AFRICAN PROVERB
3.''The Elephant doesn't limp when walking on thorns'' Ethiopian proverb
4'' The African Race is a rubber ball, the harder you dash it to the ground, the higher it will rise'' Proverb
After talking about Gulu becoming an operation base; I remembered this; I have been silently wondering why a langi was picked as lands minister, made to handle the Amuru land issue knowing very well the silent friction that runs between the langi and the acholi that started even before some of us were born but seemed to already be fading away to the glory of God.
Indeed there must be something more to this!
God forbid that any tribe will unite against the Acholi. We had enough of Kony. All we want is PEACE!
Ugandans, let's love one another and fear God!
The way you argue is like you are a foreigner! The situation is really pathetic!
The people or groups which are capable of opposing or removing the regime or openly ganging against it like the few bold eg KB, BW have been immersed in free cash, so they are 'eating'.
It's those weak, poor and ignorant that are sidelined. Just wait BW will soon be offered a fat cheque and he will be campaigning for the 6th....10th term of old man.
Thats how opposition has been killed since KB emerged in early 2000s. So your ideas and many others if not corrupted can change something. But CORRUPTION will not
There is no technology involved and therefore there are no buttons to touch there.
When Africans talk metaphorically, they prefer to refer to animal anatomy. Might you remember what a Mr. Aine touched on a Leopard during the last presidential election period?
That would be a very suitable analogy which would be concomitant to an African talking to fellow Africans, wouldn't it?