Police in Kampala has confirmed that opposition heavyweight Retired Colonel Dr. Kizza Besigye has been detained at Nagalama Police station on charges of inciting violence.
He was arrested this morning alongside three others including his driver Fred Kato, Samuel Lubega Mukaaku and Farouk Kintu while protesting the high commodity prices in down town Kampala.
Besigye shocked the public when he beat security and entered the City in his caged white Land Cruiser Registration number UAN 661V, with megaphones, preaching against the government’s silence in the face of skyrocketing prices. Police later cut wires to the megaphones connected to his vehicle, prompting Besigye to blow a vuvuzela instead.
However, that didn’t last long because police managed to snatch him off the vehicle and bundled into a police van and whisked to the Central Police station-CPS parking, where they were detained for several hours.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango, says Besigye and his accomplices were taken to Nagalama Police station where they will be processed on charges of inciting violence under section 83 of the penal code act.
He also says the real motive of Besigye is to destabilize the country while launching his political agenda.
“There demonstration plan based on increasing commodity prices is just a cover up, but a political move to re-launch Dr. Besigye into the political arena,” Onyango said. “Today they staged an illegal rally in the middle of the road at Arua Park without considering other road users, we had to use reasonable force to tow the vehicle and detain them. Onyango said.”