FDC flag bearer, Kiiza Besigye, has once again been arrested.
Police moved early this morning to seal-off Rukungiri stadium grounds ahead of Besigye’s rally.
Despite police heavy deployment in the town, hundreds of supporters still turned up to wait for the FDC politician.
Police last evening made announcements on Rukungiri Radio informing residents not to attend Besigye’s rally.
According to FDC Secretary for Mobilisation and Organisation, Ingrid Turinawe, the Rukungiri DPC and RDC continued to air radio announcements informing people that the rally will not take place.
“Our own announcements to invite people were rejected by the management of the radio,” she said.
The radio making announcements is allegedly own owned by Information and National Guidance minister Jim Muhwezi.
“We have used sms, phone calls and word of mouth to mobilise and people have already started to trek in. Police deployment is unusually heavy! We are ready,” Ingrid announced.
Meanwhile, Besigye who was involved in an alleged police staged accident in Masaka has once again been blocked in Lyantonde and at Sanga Kanyaryeru.
RPC Hilary Kulayigye told Besigye to turn back his convoy in Kiruhura, and insisted they will not proceed to Rukungiri.
Besigye refused to get out of his car and insisted he will proceed to Rukungiri despite police orders for him to turn back.
Police then arrested Patrick Amuriat, Semujju Nganda, Paul Mwiru and Wasswa Biriggwa who were part of Besigye’s convoy to Rukungiri.
Besigye’s car was forcefully impounded and towed to Lyantonde police station after he refused to get out.
Besigye confirmed the arrested of his colleagues saying his vehicle had been lifted onto a vehicle carrier/ breakdown.
“We have now taken off towards Masaka. We pray that the vehicle won’t fall off this truck!” he said.
He was taken to Sanga police station from where he will be relocated to Kaguta Road police station where he was detained.
Police is currently engaging boda boda motorcycles in running battles.
They rode all the way from Mbarara town to “rescue” him from police.
Released hours later
Hours later, police released all FDC leaders and set them on the route back to Kampala.
This was after the intervention of Danish ambassador to Uganda, Dan E. Frederiksen, who personally went to Kaguta Road police station where Dr Besigye was being held.
The Rukungiri rally was also successfully marred by police.