Police has said it will investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident that involved a convoy transporting Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaders to Rukungiri district this morning.
The accident occurred at Nkoni in Lwengo district on the Masaka-Mbarara highway.
FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye, Leader of Opposition Wafula Oguttu, FDC spokesperson Ssemujju Nganda and Tororo County MP Geoffrey Ekanya were among those in the convoy.
Five vehicles in the ten car convoy were reportedly damaged in the accident.
Deputy Police spokesperson Polly Namaye says the accident occurred after the lead vehicle in the convoy failed to brake in time to avoid a police barricade.
In a note to a Uganda Radio Network (URN) reporter, Namaye wrote that, “We suspect that one of the vehicles could have had a mechanical fault with its brakes that made the car fail to stop at the barricade.”
Speaking to URN on phone, Besigye said the accident occurred after the vehicle he was travelling in was rammed by a speeding car that had been tailing the convoy.
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Wafula Oguttu, described the incident as an “attempted assassination” on the opposition leader.
FDC deputy secretary general, Harold Kaija, also said the incident was “a planned ambush to kill Besigye”.
Besigye was later intercepted at a place called Kanyabyeru in Lake Mburo National Park, Kiruhura district.
Several MPs who were in the convoy like LOP Wafula Oguttu, Ibrahim Nganda Ssemujju, FDC Chairman Wasswa Birigwa were all arrested.
Besigye was detained at Kaguta Road Police Station for hours only to be released later in the evening after the intervention of the Danish Ambassador, Dan E. Frederiksen.