Police driver of notorious ‘Besigye van’ arrested over car theft


Isaac Ssegawa of Police’s special operations Unit attached to Kampala Central Police Station (CPS) has been arrested after suspected car robbers implicated him for aiding their operations.

Officer Ssegawa, who drives the infamous Police van, nicknamed ‘Besigye Van’ which until recent has become common sight at Forum For Democratic Change FDC (FDC) Besigye’s arrests and the antiriot operations was arrested on Sunday night in Uganda’s Western district of Mbarara after suspects earlier over car robbery pointed him out as one of their operatives.

Polices says he will be arraigned in court and charged if enough implicating evidence against him is gathered by the investigating officers.

The black long police van came to limelight in the recently numerous police arrests of Dr Besigye, especially during his defiance campaign whose objectives included opposing government unfair policies and dismissal of the February 2016 presidential elctions.

Some other people, especially protesters, were over the years arrested and bundled on to police pick-ups in a way that left human rights defenders angry and bashing the government.
So a solution came in.

And it came in the form of a black van. Because this van has since been used to whisk Dr Besigye to police cells on the various occasions he has been arrested in recent months, the van was christened “the Besigye van”.

The van, especially since the February 18 election, has become “notorious” in the eyes of many. There have been claims that in the van are men who torture those who are arrested and put in there.

On February 26, Dr Besigye lent more credence to the claims when, in a Facebook post, he said: “I feel like becoming a real terrorist”. His feeling, he said, was “the effect of endless acts of impunity on the part of the Uganda police.”


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