Uganda: Besigye Arrested Trying to Leave His Home


Uganda’s most prominent opposition leader has been arrested after he tried to leave his home on Monday, while being under house arrest.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader has been under house arrest since Thursday, after he was detained during elections, which he went on to lose to long-running president, Yoweri Museveni.


Besigye moved to police station

Besigye and his FDC party have called Thursday’s election result fraudulent and demanded an independent probe. Besigye said last week he would go to the Electoral Commission (EC) head office to request access to official records from the election.

The FDC leader was arrested attempting to leave his home for the EC and bundled into a police car. He was then taken to Nagalama police station in the Mukono district where is is still being held.

The international community has expressed concern over the nature of Besigye’s arrest and legitimacy of Thursday’s elections in Uganda.


Besigye actions ‘cannot be accepted’

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura spoke to the press on Monday, saying Besigye’s actions could not be tolerated.

“This nonsense of saying he will defy the law as if there’s no constitution in this country cannot be accepted,” he said. “If Besigye wanted to go to EC as he said. “He should first have notified the police so that we give him a clear route to use or he should have sent a representative to Namboole to pick results on Saturday when the results were declared.”

It’s still not clear why Besigye, who emerged to be President Museveni’s closets rival, was arrested on Thursday. The FDC leader had called on his supporters to stage protests over his arrest, but the situation in Uganda has remained largely peaceful.


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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.