Outrage after police arrests 3 over Besigye t-shirts


The youth were arrested for wearing Besigye’s t-shirts

Police over the weekend arrested three opposition youth for trying to distribute t-shirts promoting incarcerated former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye.

One of the arrested is Tusiime Samson aka Samwyri who was allegedly planning to hold ‘illegal demonstrations’ in Jinja on Saturday.

Samwyri, according to FDC party, was arrested for wearing a t-shirt with Besigye’s picture and locked up at Kireka Special Investigations Unit [SIU].

“So far, Samwyri has been beaten, tortured by police. He is not alone though. At least 3 more youths are under custody for this,” the party said in a statement.

The other two are Muyinda Ismail and Asia Nanyanzi, another colleague at Vintage creations, a company run by creative youths.


Samwyri’s house was reportedly put upside down through searches by police.

“His family and child have gone through a lot so far.”

According to police, the trio is part of a bigger group that printed 120 t-shirts to promote anti-social protests at Nakawa High Court when Besigye reappears on June 1.

Twenty of those t-shirts have been recovered so far.

The arrest of the youth sparked a social media outrage.

A hashtag calling for his release has generated over 10,000 tweets on Twitter.

FDC said it was working with Chapter Four Uganda and other human rights lawyers to make sure that the youths get their basic rights back.

Chapter Four Uganda said apart from CPS where he was slapped twice, Samwyri says he has been treated well at SIU [Kireka].

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