Unrest grips Kampala after Besigye arrest


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Unrest has seized Kampala after the arrest and detention of opposition FDC presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye.

Violence has spread from Najjanankumbi where Besigye and other FDC officials were arrested from to other parts of Kampala.

Besigye was arrested in the company of FDC president Mugisha Muntu, FDC chairman, Wasswa Birigwa, and secretary for mobilisation, Ingrid Turinawe.

They are currently detained at Nagalama police station in Mukono.

Electoral Commission boss cheered police for arresting the candidate saying he [Besigye] disrespects the commission and intended to announce parallel results.

“Let him answer for his lack of respect for the law,” Kiggundu is quoted to have said.


Following the arrest of Besigye, people started burning objects amidst the road along Entebbe road.

In Katwe, police and military used teargas and live bullets to disperse rowdy crowds.

People however managed to burn tyres and blockade roads.

One person is reported shot but we haven’t been able to verify the claim.

Military is now patrolling areas of Kasubi, Mengo, Kireka and Kisekka market, the most volatile hot stop.

Other bullets and confrontations were reported here [Kisekka market] involving running battles between traders and security personnel.

Military trucks came in to reinforce police and take control of the situation.

Meanwhile, gunshots and teargas were also fired in Mengo and Kisenyi areas to contain rowdy crowds.

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