The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon Wafula Oguttu, has added his voice to an incident he interprets as an “attempted assassination” of opposition leader, Kizza Besigye.
“Dr KB [Kizza Besigye] just survived an assassination engineered by police through an accident on Masaka -Mbarara road,” Oguttu reports.
On Saturday morning, police barricaded a road just in the middle of a moving convoy that was escorting Besigye to his home town, Rukungiri where he has a rally.
The abrupt police action caused a crash that saw FDC members’ cars damaged.
“At a swamp crossing a police squad headed by on Ogwal lay in an ambush as our 20 car convoy drove to Rukungiri for our mobilization and candidate identification meetings,” Oguttu narrates.
He adds: “My car was leading the convoy. Followed by Hon Taaka, then Hon Amuriat, Hon Ssemujju, Hon Ekanya, Dr KB, FDC chairman, Birigwa, NTV etc.”
Oguttu recalls that as soon his car and that of Taaka passed, Ogwal swung into action.
“All of sudden he threw two spikes across the road forcing six cars into multiple accident.”
He says Ekanya’s car, Amuriat’s car and that of NTV were badly damaged.
“They are smaller cars. Dr KB’s car smashed into Amuriat’s car. Just Pray.”
Police was not done yet, it staged more roadblocks along the same highway.
Other roadblocks and check points to prevent the FDC leadership from reaching Rukungiri, were found along Lyatonde-Mbarara Road in Lake Mburo Park.
When asked about the roadblocks, police told Oguttu Besigye is not allowed to return to his home in Rukungiri.
“Asked which law they are following, police said they are protecting his life,” Oguttu adds.
There are reports of FDC youth also being arrested in the same scuffle including; Atuhairwe Nicholas, Timbyetaho John, Kakwenza Isingoma, Okot Fred, Matsiko yasin, Mpangi Abdul and Fatuma Zaina.
Police have also arrested Patrick Amuriat, Semujju Nganda, Paul Mwiru and Wasswa Biriggwa who were part of Besigye’s convoy to Rukungiri.
They were rushed to Lyantonde police station, Nsanga Police and Mbarara Police Stations where they were detained.
Lwengo DPC Geoffrey Egwang says the Electoral Commission did not allow Besigye to commence rallies.