Besigye fears being poisoned in Naggalama


FDC presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye, has expressed fear that he could be poisoned in police cells which are now becoming his “second home”.

Besigye who was arrested from his home, detained at Naggalama police station in Mukono and later released without charge, was Friday addressing press.

“I get worried when they always put me in prison alone with all these intense rumours of poison,” Besigye said.

He added: “They can poison me in the cell walls.”

Pictures taken from the police station showed Besigye being served food and drinks.

Besigye is one of the most arrested opposition politicians in the country’s history.

Arrests and possible poisoning aside, the government has allegedly been spying on Besigye using a surveillance kit procured from a UK based spy firm, Gamma.

Speaking on the matter, Besigye said there is nothing FDC is doing that he wouldn’t do in full glare of the media.

“It is a waste of money [investing in surveillance],” he said.

Access to spying technology by unaccountable governments should be controlled, he suggested.

“They can be dangerous not only to their people but to society.”

Government deputy spokesperson, Col Shaban Bantariza, dismissed the report as false saying they would not go to that length to handle opposition politicians.

Besigye insisted there should be some controls on spying (surveillance) technologies to dictatorships as with some weapons.

As for police that has made his home their second abode, Besigye says he will never accept and allow police to turn his home into a prison.

“Even if am on my death bed I will crawl out.”

“The police moves with me everywhere I go; they should have moved with me, and arrested me if I did wrong,” he pointed out.

Police said they had intelligence that Besigye was planning to cause chaos in Jinja town where he had a rally yesterday.

The FDC spokesperson, Ssemujju Nganda, was also arrested and later released on bail.

Police also said it was following guidelines by electoral commission chairman, Badru Kiggundu, who banned all rallies and public meetings until aspirants have been nominated in November this year.

At his press briefing, Besigye lashed at the electoral commission saying it was a ‘Museveni Commission’.

“It is in fact Museveni’s walking stick,” he said.

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