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Besigye resumes protests, detained at Nagalama police station

FILE Besigye getting arrested last month over protesting against high commodity prices

FILE Besigye getting arrested last month over protesting against high commodity prices

Former Forum for Democratic for Change (FDC) president Kizza Besigye has been arrested and transferred to Naggalama police station.

Besigye was arrested today Tuesday while he was addressing a rally at Nakivubo Lane, Kampala City. Patrick Onyango the Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) spokesperson said that Besigye disrupted business, and traffic flow and incited violence.

According to Onyango, police were forced to tow Besigye’s vehicle registration number, UAK 773K to the Central police station (CPS). He was later whisked off to Naggalama together with Sam Lubega Mukaaku of the Democratic Party (DP).

Last month, Besigye through his pressure group, the People’s Front has been mobilizing Ugandans to protest the high cost of living. Besigye believes that their drive will awaken the citizens and protest the government’s failure to act on high commodity prices. 

Besigye wants the government to reclaim the funds swindled by corrupt officials so that they can be used to enhance the salaries of civil servants and give relief to schools, among others.     

Since the start of the year, prices of essential household commodities have been soaring - with many people struggling to make ends meet. Although several people have been calling on the government to make some intervention their calls are falling on deaf ears.

While reading the Shs 48 trillion FY 2022/23 budget today at Kololo ceremonial grounds, Finance minister Matia Kasaija reiterated that government will not intervene and cushion the economy against external factors such as the Ukraine war or Covid-19 travel and goods movement restrictions.

Government officials have attributed the increase in prices to the long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the raging war in Ukraine.  

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+2 #1 kabayekka 2022-06-15 14:38
Surely East African citizens cannot accept to join the East African Union if their human rights are not going to be addressed! Public demonstration is part and parcel of universal human rights!
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+2 #2 kabayekka 2022-06-15 14:47
Uganda and it's NRM majority Parliament cannot be the exception.

As it is with Rwanda and the Congo. Countries of Africa are not going to join each other harmoniously while they are trampling hard on the rights of their citizens at home, left, right and centre?
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0 #3 Akot 2022-06-15 20:14
kabayekka, agreed, but,

Unless people ensure they have good governance with real leaders renewed democratically, there is no way public/social services will be assured in Uganda...!

Rwandese loyal to Kagame are alright with his life time rule & Rwande is given as e.g. of development, reason UK wants to take migrants to Rwanda & Kagame is happy waiting impatiently as he'll get millions from this transaction!

As long as Good Governance isn't made Conditional in all nations, migration will finally destroy USA/UK/EU as populations in shitholes increase & they know their only chance is migrating to developed world!

Do Museveni, Kagame look like self styled gods who want to leave power freely?

Things will get worse for USA/UK/EU as UN/UNHCR/Human Rights are bent on ensuring their free money through migration!
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0 #4 Akot 2022-06-15 20:22
What a pitty, not even Dr Besigye who knows Museveni so well, isn't aware that only bringing down the tribalistic system Museveni put in place & UNITY of Ugandans will block & show his former friend/boss/patient...way out!

Ugandans should know that once their UNITY ends Museveni's evil rule, they will then be FREE to;

- Reform the Republic, or

- Independent Tribal States!

Why keep Museveni in power, wait for the son to replace him, while torturing Kyagulanyi, Dr Besigye...?

Even mps work for Museveni & not for electorates, right?
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