Opposition leader Kizza Besigye on Saturday set out on a journey to his hometown Rukungiri.
Besigye who was escorted by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago made a stopover in Mbarara town.
Mbarara city residents gave him a hero’s welcome from Luzira prison and even contributed money for his fuel to Rukungiri, according to FDC youth activist Moses Byamugyisha.
Besigye first had lunch at Mbarara FDC chairman Stanley Katembeya’s Grand Holiday Hotel before heading to Bushenyi amidst tight security.
“We have deployed in Mbarara to secure the road and town,” Rwizi region Police spokesperson Vincent Ssekate told Daily Monitor reporter Colleb Mugume.
“We are trying to avoid the usual chaos of Besigye,” Mbarara Police commander Jaffar Magyezi said.
Police chief Kale Kayihura this week said they would not allow Besigye to resume his defiance activities.
Besigye and Lukwago then left Mbarara in the afternoon and headed to Bushenyi district.
By evening, they had arrived at Valley College Bushenyi to check on Mzee William Mukaira.
From Mukaira’s home, the politicians will proceed to Igara and then Rukungiri.