Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International and wife to opposition leader has expressed concern over the continuous arrests and harassment of Kizza Besigye by security forces.
Besigye was yesterday arrested alongside Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and detained at Ntungamo police station.
Besigye was travelling with Lukwago, Ingrid Turinawe, Mubarak Munyagwa and Imam Makumbi who is the Democratic Party Vice President for the Western region.
Besigye and Lukwago had travelled to Kabale to answer charges of inciting violence.
They were later dumped at respective homes late last night after a day of scuffles with police.
Besigye later said police sprayed them with pepper to force them out of their cars which were being towed to Ntungamo police station.
“My vehicle has now been broken into and pepper spray pumped in it through the Sunroof! Barely holding out. Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago & Mubarak Munyagwa are already in police van UP 4860,” he wrote on social media.
Besigye says the scuffle left him with sore eyes and a hurting chest like it was in 2001 when he was pepper spy rayed during walk to work protests in Kampala.
“Police van brought us back to Kampala. Dropped home at 11.30pm- sore eyes, throat and chest. Police criminality and impunity must stop,” Besigye said.
“Our broken vehicles were handed back to the drivers at night. They are now on the way to Kampala.”
His wife Winnie says this harassment has gone way too far.
She described it as stressful and intolerable.
“State violence against KB must stop,” Winnie said in a tweet.
“Gross injustice that KB can’t visit our home, is a prisoner in Kampala. For how long?”
Winnie said she was hurt by continued violence against Besigye and worried by political crisis in Uganda.