Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo says they will not allow opposition leader Kizza Besigye to make Uganda ungovernable.
“Does Besigye think we [government] shall let him make Uganda ungovernable as we look on? No,” Opondo stated Thursday while appearing on “NBSFrontline” programme.
Responding to the matter of Entebbe airport arrest, Opondo said in September 2001, Dr Besigye left the country and his passport was never stamped but he returned and is unharmed.
According to him, even former UPC president Olara Otunnu once arrived in this country without a passport and was allowed in.
“Even when Police officers wear Civil Aviation Authority jackets, at the airport, CAA knows which personnel belong to what organisation. Boda boda cyclists near the airport wear CAA jackets. That doesn’t mean they are CAA staff.”
Opondo said Besigye is hiding his head in the sand and that if he thinks his rights have been infringed upon, he should go to court.
“Dr Besigye has physically confronted the police.”
Lawyers to sue CAA
A group of lawyers have since threatened to sue police and CAA over the manner in which Besigye was ‘arrested’ at the airport.
Led by Andrew Karamagi, the lawyers accuse CAA of negligence and demand that Kenya Airways explain their role in the way Besigye was taken off a KQ plane upon arrival on Monday.
Under their loose coalition, ‘Alternative Leadership Initiative for Uganda’, the lawyers also want CAA to be brought to book for having allegedly connived with the police to violate Dr Besigye’s travel rights.
One of the lawyers, Eron Kizza, told journalists that they were dismayed by the “barbarism that some devious individuals within the leadership and staff of CAA in conjunction with rogue officers” handled Besigye at Entebbe airport.
Kiiza said his colleagues were finalising paper work so that they can sue the CAA for violating Dr Besigye’s rights like; being embarrassed, emotionally tortured, his movement curtailed and right to property violated.
Civil aviation denied the charge. Police later revealed that it arrested Besigye dressing officers in CAA uniforms.