Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party is to seek for legal action against police continued harassment and arrest of one of their leaders Dr Kizza Besigye, the party’s Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi has said.
According to a statement issued by Mafabi on Tuesday, said the party is concerned about police’s continued abuse of Dr Besigye’s rights and the rights of other Ugandans.
“We are also aware of the court ruling that directed the police to withdraw from Dr Besigye’s property and observe his rights which has also been ignored by the Uganda police. We continue to observe that police has escalated the habit and made it public that their actions will actually be maintained,” said Mafabi.
He further added that: “We shall therefore take keen interest in what goes on with our leader and do every thing legally acceptable to ensure that not only the rights of Dr Besigye but also those of every Ugandan that are now violated at the will of state agents are protected and upheld.”
The statement comes just a day after Besigye was arrested from his home in Kasangati Wakiso District and detained at Nagalama police station in Mukono District before being released later in the day.
Besigye’s arrest followed a physical confrontation between him and the police when he attempted to remove the barricades to his home to clear way for opposition leaders including Kampala city Mayor Erias Lukwago who had visited him since his return from US on Saturday.
Besigye lost his cool and physically engaged police officers at his home after they denied the opposition leaders access his home.