East Africa

Besigye files complaint to human rights commission


Opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye has registered a formal complaint with Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) in relation to his week-long house arrest.

“I have been stripped of my rights,” Besigye told a delegation from Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) that visited his home in Kasangati on Thursday.

“Just met officials of Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC). I asked for end of illegal detention in illegal place,” Besigye tweeted later in the evening.

Donning a black t-shirt with the words “I Can’t Breathe”, Besigye said police wants his neighbours to hate him because they not only detain him but the entire neighbourhood.

“The most outrageous thing is turning my home into a prison; they should detain me in a legal place,” he said.

Earlier, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga ordered the Internal Affairs Minister, James Baba, to produce a full statement on Besigye’s continued house arrest.

In response, Internal Affairs minister James Baba to the house [despite of Kadaga’s orders] that police will remain at Besigye’s home.

He said the force would only be withdrawn if Besigye denounces his defiance campaign.

The Observer, recently reported that police had deployed 150 uniformed and plain clothes officers at Kasangati along Gayaza road to confine Besigye.

Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi, who is now the Kampala Metropolitan Zonal Commander, commands the operation.

The paper said police spends about Shs 8m daily to maintain the officers at Besigye’s home.

The money is spent on allowances of the 150 officers, food, fuel and airtime, among other things.

Since February 18 to date, police has spent over Shs 100m on Besigye alone and has so far spent over Shs 112m.

If police is to camp at Besigye’s home for three months, the paper added, then police will spend almost Shs 800m.

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