To God be the glory. @kizzabesigye1 survived death by a whisker at the hands of the @PoliceUg. This is a narrow escape. We give thanks to the Lord that the unwanted didn't happen. Let's behave better as the election calendar runs faster to 2021.@NRMOnline @FDCOfficial1 @UgandaEc pic.twitter.com/9lOJDLNncG— Sir Simon Muyanga Lutaaya (@muyangalutaaya) November 4, 2019
To seize control of the situation, police tried to arrest the leaders of the procession including Kira Municipality MP; Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, who is also the FDC party spokesperson, but he disappeared in thin air. A defiant Besigye continued waving to the growing crowd from the open roof of his vehicle.
With the help of a water cannon, police later managed to force Besigye out of the vehicle and bundled him into a police van, which sped off to Naggalama police station. No charges have been preferred against Besigye. Police also arrested several other FDC party members and youths that had joined the procession.
Phionah Abaiza, an FDC party member blamed police for breaking up their conference, saying police were fully notified. As the 2021 electoral year nears, opposition political parties and pressure groups are struggling to lay strategies to confront Museveni.