Opposition wants civil aviation probed for humiliating Besigye


Opposition MPs addressing press

Opposition Members of Parliament are planning to write to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to compel the Civil Aviation Authority to explain what they term as mistreatment of a passenger at the Entebbe International Airport.

The MPs, while addressing the media at Parliament, said the mishandling of former FDC presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye on his return from Europe and the United States of America, and arrested at the runway of the airport was unprofessional and a risk to his safety.

Besigye, who returned to the country on Monday at 8.15 am aboard Kenya Airways, was later driven off to his home in Kasangati, Wakiso district, escorted by security officers.

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza, condemned the act, stating that Besigye’s rights as a citizen were violated and he was humiliated in front of passengers, some of whom included tourists and potential investors.

Shadow Minister of Internal Affairs and Butambala County MP, Muhammed Kivumbi says the opposition has asked its Shadow Attorney General, Wilfred Niwagaba to write a letter to ICAO, a United Nations body tasked with codifying the principles and techniques of international air navigation and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to ensure safe and orderly growth.

The members also questioned the heavy presence of military soldiers during the operation, saying Besigye should not have been treated like a terrorist.

During a press conference at his home on Monday, Besigye also accused the CAA of being involved in his arrest, a claim the authority has since denied.

Story by: Parliament Watch

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