Retired Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye, who was arrested earlier in the city center together with three others have been detained at Nagalama Police station on charges of inciting violence.
Besigye together with his driver Fred Kato, caught security off-guard this morning, and managed to enter the city canter, where they were joined by Samuel Lubega Mukaaku and Farouk Kintu around 11:00 pm and launched the protest.
Clad in his trademark blue striped shirt, Col Dr. Kizza Besigye pulled out a megaphone and started addressing the crowd at Arua Park but this was confiscated by police prompting him to use another one.
Police later cut wires to the megaphones connected to his vehicle, prompting Besigye to blow a vuvuzela.
“I won’t stop this campaign, Ugandans wake up and rise against this Junta if you want to survive,” Besigye was heard telling Ugandans before he was arrested.
The four were pulled out their vehicle Registration number UAN 661V, and bundled in the police van and whisked to the Central Police station-CPS parking, where they were detained for several hours.
However, the Police orders changed, and the suspects were again whisked off to an unknown destination.
The Kampala Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago together with other lawyers who had come at CPS to find out about the arrest, told URN that police had informed them to follow the suspects at Nagalama Police station.
But the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango, said Besigye is determined to organise a series of demonstrations to destabilize the country.
“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.”
Onyango has told journalists that the four suspects have been driven to Nagalama Police station where they will be processed on charges of inciting violence under section 83 of the penal code act.
Police are advising politicians to use legal means in holding peaceful demonstrations.
“They should use legal means to address their issues, instead of engaging in illegal activities, in Uganda there is a rule of law, the public management act, which politicians should abide by,” Onyango noted.
On Monday Besigye was also detained in his vehicle for the entire day, before he was driven back to his home.
Besigye took a swipe at President Museveni for failure to provide a solution for the high commodity prices in the country.