Police officers arrested over Besigye escape

Ugandan police stand guard outside Opposition leader Kizza Besigye's home in Kampala on February 21

Ugandan police stand guard outside Opposition leader Kizza Besigye’s home in Kampala on February 21

Police has arrested four of its own officers over former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Presidential candidate Kizza Besigye’s escape from his home in Kasangati, Wakiso district.

According to sources privy to information, the officers are being questioned on the circumstances under which Dr Besigye beat deployment at his home and emerged in Kampala city where he was arrested on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said they are investigating how Besigye was able to drive himself through Kampala city even when he had been put under police surveillance.

Besigye was arrested and reportedly flown to Moroto where he’s being held.

Deputy police spokesperson Polly Namye early today said Dr Besigye will spend this weekend in police cells.

According to her, Dr Besigye will be arraigned and charged in court next week.

Dr Besigye has repeatedly asked police to indict him formally and remand him to a proper gazetted place instead of turning his own home into a prison.

The government placed the four-time presidential contender, who claims to have won the February 18, election with 52 per cent, under house arrest on voting day until after a March 31 Supreme Court ruling declared that Museveni was validly re-elected.

Dr Besigye rejected the outcome of both the vote and court verdict, announcing a raft of what he called “defiance campaign” activities, ostensibly to reclaim the people’s power he said had been lost under the incumbent.

The Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma, following a one-sided hearing of the government petition, issued an order which, among other things, bans the defiance campaign.

The Uganda Law Society, which has a non-binding mandate to advise government on legal matters, questioned the wide reach of the order on civil liberties and the manner in which it was issued.

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