Uganda opposition figure Kizza Besigye was released late last night without any charges preferred against him.
He was detained for hours at Nangalama police station in Mukono district after he was arrested by police outside his Kasangati home.
Besigye lost his cool and demanded that police officers stationed outside leave immediately.
He was instead roughly handled and thrown into a police van.
In a tweet, Besigye says one of his favorite shirts was ripped by “police goons” as they “violently arrested” him.
Save for an acknowledgement of prisoner’s property (APP) slip, Besigye says he was given no other document.
Ingrid says tortured
Earlier in the night, FDC secretary for mobilisation Ingrid Turinawe was also dumped at her home in Gayaza after a violent arrest.
“This morning, I was brutalised, kicked and manhandled! I was thrown on the ground and pulled by my back on the ground for almost a kilometre distance. Goons threw me in the van, sat on me. They drove me to different places, parked me in different police yards before they detained me at Kira road police,” she narrated.
She was locked in the office of OC, a one Nansamba.
“She (OC) together with four other trained kifesi women, two of them named MUTUME & NAKYITO started beating me till another policeman appeared in the window and signaled them to stop. They kept on bragging that they have been deployed and assigned to handle me unlike those who have been massaging me. I was then moved to a very hot uniport – read police cell where I spent whole day.”
Ingrid says the OC chased away every body who appeared at the station to either visit her or give her food.
“Very hungry, exhausted and annoyed, at exactly 9pm, they picked me from the uniport, driven me up to my gate.
Without any charges, without any document, Ssebo, what did I do to deserve all this treatment subjected to me today.”
Other FDC women activists; Paga Gloria, Kristeen Behimbisa and Kato Jacob were still in detention at Kira Division police station while Kamutima Davis was at Kasangati police by last night.