Besigye: Museveni has turned my home into a prison



Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President, Kizza Besigye, says the government of President Yoweri Museveni has turned his home into a prison.

Besigye was Friday appearing on NBS TV’s Morning Breeze, to comment on his Thursday arrest alongside presidential aspirant and former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi.

He said the Police was notified by the FDC party about the rallies and claimed they did not receive any information.

“The rallies where in the afternoon and I had many businesses to attend to in the morning and the meeting I had where interfered with by the Police,” he narrated.

“Not only was I arrested but the venue was occupied by other Museveni youth wearing his t-shirts. How come they were not arrested?” he wondered.

“Thursday, I was a hostage and on my release bond form they indicated I was on preventive arrest.”

He said there was even a court order turning his home into a prison and “not allowing people to even visit me”.

Often Besigye has been besieged at his Kasangati home and put under house arrest disguised as preventive arrest.

Yet, even the Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, Kahinda Otafiire, says there is nothing like preventive arrest in Ugandan law books.

Besigye warns that anybody outside the NRM regime who thinks this doesn’t concern him or her is totally lost.

According to him, there is no reason why rallies shouldn’t take place when elections are due.

“Thursday’s actions are not about Amama and Besigye only but people should know we have a very big problem in the country.”

He said Amama, on the other hand, was being shy to explain the problems that have forced him and led him to where they are, saying the NRM has undermined all the institutions in the country and its time to roll back and correct the mistakes.

“Many people were surprised that I was nominated and thought I would not participate in the elections that are organized by the dictator,” he noted, pointing out that, “Some of our citizens don’t follow what’s going on and that the attempts to hold rallies was recently halted.”

He said the law follows the politics and “if people feel we cannot have an election that is free and fair then why does the police stop us from organizing rallies”?

He said war was not only about guns telling citizens to know that opposition doesn’t want to use violence in this approach.

“I am committed to use my last ounce of energy to achieve what I have struggled for all my life,” he pledged, adding, “Diplomacy might not get us the results we need in this current state and it is only through the citizens that this can be attained through change of mind set.”

He, however, expressed pessimism saying no political party can be strong in a dictatorship government.

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