Civil Aviation denies conniving in Besigye military ‘kidnap’


Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority has denied reports that the officers who were arrested yesterday were part of the staff.

While addressing journalists at his home yesterday, Opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye said he had been arrested from Entebbe airport by people putting on civil aviation authority uniforms.

Dr Besigye, a former presidential candidate and four time challenger od president Yoweri Museveni also said the car in which was out and driven to his home in Kasangati belongs to the CAA.

However, in a statement released today, CAA said:”As an international safety requirement, all personell authorised to access the airside are required to don reflector jackets most of which are owned and branded CAA at the back. It does not necessarily mean that whoever puts on that reflector jacket is a CAA staff.

The reflector jacket may sometimes be mistaken for a CAA uniform yet it is not. The CAA uniforms have a CAA logo, which the reflector jackets do not. No CAA vehicle was involved in the exercise as alleged.”

This comes barely a day after police spokesperson Felix Kaweesi said: “The people who arrested Dr Besigye were police officers. But at the airport they are supposed to wear CAA kits.”

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