Opposition leader Kizza Besigye has asked the Uganda police force to withdraw from his home in Kasangati Wakiso district.
“They can keep me in prison but can’t keep me in my house,” Besigye told press at his home on Thursday morning.
On Wednesday, police blocked Besigye from leaving his home claiming he planned to mobilise the masses to disrupt business in the city.
Police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, said they are now using what they are calling the “containment approach” in combination with “preventive arrest” to keep Besigye at home.
“I will not allow to be confined in my home. Not even the police will ever stop me from leaving whenever I want to,” Besigye told press today.
“They [police] can keep me in prison but can’t keep me in my house,” he added, emphasising that he has been held captive ever since he returned from abroad.
He said Uganda is a wonderful place but is currently being run wrongly.
Besigye says they are in a protracted struggle and will hold their own independence celebrations as a means to the collapse of the regime.
Government, however, said it will arrest anyone who holds parallel independence celebrations.
Besigye says the defiance campaign is very much on with no retreat, no surrender.
“The regime is behaving wrongly yet hopes to get right results.”