Okumu files Besigye abduction case


Reagan Okumu

The Forum for Democratic Change Acting President, Reagan Okumu, says he has reported a case of abduction in reference to the arrest of Kizza Besigye.

Okumu made the remarks while appearing on KFM Hot Seat Thursday evening.

Okumu this morning visited Besigye’s home in Kasangati ahead of party activities in Jinja town in eastern Uganda.

“I found his home guarded by police. I asked the officer what was going on. I thought they were guards of Besigye.”

Okumu says Besigye instead told him that these people [police] had surrounded his home without explaining why.

“When I was leaving with Besigye to party headquarters, Police blocked my vehicle, within a minute they got Besigye out of his car.”

“They [police] opened their car and pushed him [Besigye] inside. The commander shouted “you are under arrest” without giving his names or showing warrant of arrest.”

Okumu said the cops never even produced identification or warrant of arrest but just drove off very fast.

“Police will not condition us and keep marring our activities,” he swore.

Okumu said he then drove to Kasangati police station but was told Besigye wasn’t there.

“We were informed police wasn’t aware of any operations in this area.”

He then drove to Kiira police station to report a case of abduction.

“They advised me to go to Central Police Station where there is a better system.”


Okumu says he has put in writing a case of abduction and copied the letter to police chief, Kale Kayihura and Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda.

“Up to now, I haven’t been informed where he [Besigye] is,” Okumu said.

Okumu says he has fully written to the minister of Internal Affairs, James Baba, seeking a formal explanation of the procedure followed by police in arresting Besigye.

The letter copied to the Chairman Independent Electoral Commission, United Nations Mission, All Foreign Missions in Uganda, Uganda Human Rights and Civil Society groups, says Besigye was abducted from his gate by people in police uniform.

Speaking on the same programme, Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, said Besigye was arrested by police for breaking the law.

He was taken to Naggalama police station in Mukono and detained.

Onyango said they were following the law and direct orders to arrest Besigye who could have caused chaos in Jinja.

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