Besigye, Mafabi, Ingrid injured in battle with police



Supporters walking with Besigye in Bukwo

Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] senior party officials are reported injured in a major battle with Uganda Police Force in Bukwo district in Sebei region.

Members of the FDC 2016 campaign team have told us the party presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi and Secretary for Mobilisation, Ingrid Turinawe, have all sustained injuries.

In a statement, the opposition party says the clashes happened outside Tatriet Internally Displaced Persons [IDPs] camp in Kapkoros sub county Bukwo district.

Moses Byamugyisha, an FDC youth activist, told us Besigye and his entourage was blocked by police while trying to access the camp.


A cop corners Besigye

This came after voters had stood in the road demanding that Besigye and his team visit the camp and listen to their problems.

“We want you to come and see where we were placed after being evicted from our lands,” an old man in his 70s is quoted having said.

“This was followed by women and children singing and dancing to express their displeasure to the brutal regime,” the FDC statement says in parts.

Apparently, the DPC, a one Baluku led the convoy to Tatriet IDP Camp where the residents wanted Dr. Kizza-Besigye and team to “see how poor they live yet they are citizens of this country”.

On the way, Siipi region RPC Gerald Twishime, arrived with his officers and cancelled the order to visit the camp.

Besigye got out of his vehicle and decided to proceed to the camp on foot.

Police, however, fired live bullets and teargas to disperse the crowds that we escorting his convoy.

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“In the process, a villager only identified as Kweyei was shot in the legs, and another one as well was shot.”

The injured were rushed to Bukwo hospital for treatment.

According to the party statement, Nathan Nandala Mafabi was injured in the right foot, Dr. Kizza Besigye on the right ear, Ingrid Turinawe in both legs and on her back, a one Amin Sadick on both hands and his back while a one Sserwanga (Policeman) on Besigye’s team was injured on the head.

The IDPs are part of the people who were in 2014 evicted from Mt Elgon National Park.

The IDPs, however, claim the land belonged to them before they were forcefully shipped off to the camp.

Besigye is currently on his campaign trail in Sebei region.

Earlier, Besigye was stopped at Girigi at the border point between Kween and Bukwo districts by women from Bukwo who handed him a he-goat as a New Year’s gift.


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