A group of foreign diplomats, who paid courtesy visit to Democratic Change (FDC) presidential flag bearer Dr Kizza Besigye, have advised the government to let him free.
The diplomats led by European Union Head of Mission Kristian Schmidt, met with Dr Besigye and FDC party president Mugisha Muntu at Besigye’s home in Kasangati, Wakiso district.
EU Ambassador Kristian Schmidt told journalists that the meeting discussed a wide range of issues which included the continued incarceration of Dr Besigye both at his home and in different police stations, possible court action to challenge the outcome of the February 18th general election and use of language that can lead to violence.
“We consider the continued custody of Dr Besigye as a clear violation of his basic freedom and human rights. Fundamental freedoms must be respected,” Schmidt says.
Patricia Mahoney, the Deputy Chief of Mission U.S. Embassy Kampala said the opposition should be allowed to exercise its role and mandate in Uganda.
“We believe that the opposition has a legitimate role to play and government should allow it to play that role,” Mahoney says.
The envoys also encouraged Besigye to go to court over the alleged rigging of the February 18 presidential election.