Police on Bushenyi district reportedly surrounded the home and grave of the late Mary Kasingye and arrested family members on learning that Kizza Besigye would visit the family to lay a wreath.
The incident happened over the weekend when Besigye was travelling to his hometown in Rukungiri.
Police reportedly asked Besigye to first seek permission in order to console the family of Mary Kasingye, the FDC constituency chairperson and Electoral Commission.
“Kasingye passed on when I was unable to attend the burial. We had intended to pass there and pay our respects,” Besigye told press in Bushenyi.
“Sadly, the police which has completely run mad have surrounded the grave since morning. They have also arrested some family members. The purpose of the visit was only and only for one who is in the grave, the one who cannot talk now, she is already resting,” he narrated.
He added: “How it came to be a matter of police I can’t know. How can police say I need permission from them to lay a wreath on the grave of a fallen friend? I feel so ashamed to belong to this country.”
Museveni in a siege mentality
Besigye said President Yoweri Museveni is now living in what “we call a siege mentality”.
“He feels everybody is an enemy to him. He cannot trust anybody. That is the reason you saw him running away from his car to make a call.”
Museveni recently made news when he made a roadside phone call; his pictures trended all over the world, nearly breaking internet.
“He [Museveni] can’t trust his driver; he can’t even trust his car. He thinks there are gadgets that can listen to him,” Besigye suggested.
“He is only a president of a gun but not president of the people. Even when he gets visitors, he chases away people instead of inviting them to welcome visitors. He closes all roads on arrival of visitors.”
Besigye said as long as he breathes, he shall be there.
“I can’t turn back. They take me to prison, I come out doubly charged. ”
Turns to God
On Sunday, Besigye conducted a thanksgiving Mass at Rukungiri Christ the King Church and dedicated his life to God.
At mass led by Fr Gaetano Batanyenda, Besigye thanked God for protecting him while on remand at Luzira prison on treason charges.
“I have to thank God because he has protected me every time police and other security agencies have been chasing me,” he said.
Besigye offered a heifer to the church, which was sold at Shs 8 million.