Kampala City and Presidency minister, Frank Tumwebaze, has lauded police for arresting FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye, ahead of his Kampala rallies.
“Just imagine a rally at Nasser toad?” Tumwebaze lashed out in a tweet.
“Madness…,” he pressed on.
He said Besigye’s insistence on entering the Kampala Central Business District was aimed at “just attracting free publicity”.
He, however, acknowledged that police has a duty though to protect all.
Ignatius Bahizi, a BBC journalist asked the minister whether it was right for a policeman to sit on top of a woman MP [Kampala Woman MP Nabillah Naggayi during her arrest today].
Tumwebaze told the journalist to be “honest and report responsibly”.
“Does your UK police tolerate gatherings along Oxford Street for example? Ask your BBC bosses to answer,” the minister shot out.
He concluded that it was being diversionary since Nasser road was not among rally venues cleared by the electoral commission.
“Same script you have been rehearsing but in vain,” Tumwebaze noted.
He accused Besigye of playing “cheap games of seeking to be a martyr for political dividends but in vain”.
Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, who doubles as Besigye’s lawyer described the arrest as unfortunate.
“Besigye’s arrest is sheer impunity,” Lukwago said.
Besigye was arrested along Jinja road as he tried to enter Kampala.
He was detained at Kira road police station but quickly released and rushed to his home in Kasangati.
He then changed clothes and returned to the city to campaign at Makerere university.