LIVE: Besigye Arrested As Teargas, Bullets Rock Kampala

see geneva;”>The FDC Leader, order Dr. Besigye was arrested at Kisekka market after defying Police orders issued by the Inspector General of Police.

Besigye moved all the way from Kasangati to Kampala city in defiant of the orders, attracting a large crowd composed of hooligans and this was disrupting business in the city.

Besigye is currently with the Commander of KMP, AIGP Andrew Kaweesi.

The Inspector General of Police had earlier advised Political leaders to reschedule their planned city tour until after the jubilee celebrations because of security concerns.

Earlier on Mr. Elias Lukwago and Mathias Mpuuga were released after being cautioned. They accepted their mistake that what they were doing is illegal.

11:45 AM Police have today arrested FDC leader Col. Kizza Besigye from downtown Kampala near the new taxi park and detained him at the Central Police Station.

He was planning to move in a large convoy of supporters to the Constitutional Square.


He was intercepted by police along Ben Kiwanuka Street.

Besigye’s supporters responded by pelting stones at security forces. Police and army personnel fired bullets in the air and also rolled teargas canisters to disperse the crowds.

Besigye pulled crowds today in Kissekka market (Photo by Shawn Mubiru)

Shopkeepers swiftly closed their stores as rocks descended on security forces.

Our Corps Junior Ssesanga and Benon Tugumisirize say the entire downtown in chaotic.

Earlier, Besigye escaped from his besieged home in Kasangati, Wakiso in a mysterious way, dodging cops stationed there.

Meanwhile, police say the two opposition politicians who had earlier been arrested for defying their orders have been released.

“The duo, Elias Lukwago and Mathias Mpuuga, were released after being cautioned. They accepted their mistake and Police released them. They are now back to their normal duties,” Police said in a brief statement.

The law enforcement unit also said “Kampala city is calm and people are going on with their normal business.”

9:00 AM Police have deployed heavily over 200 heavily-armed anti-riot personnel along all roads that lead to Col. Kizza Besigye’s home.

Hundreds of cops have been spotted along Gayaza Road. Backed by sniffer dogs and teargas canister vans, police also sealed off Besigye’s home.

It’s yet unclear whether he is inside his home.

The situation remains calm but tense. No serious incident has been recorded so far.

Sources say all police operations against Besigye are being coordinated at Kasangati Police Station, which now looks like a barracks.

In a related development, cops have also cordoned off Mayor Erias Lukwago’s home in Wakaligga, a Kampala suburb.

KCCA councilors were seen entering the home.

We are told Lukwago is enjoying a cup of tea at this residence as he plans to “walk to freedom.”

7:30 AM At least 30 heavily armed anti-riot police personnel have Monday morning been deployed at the Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) headquarters and others at Constitutional Square ahead of opposition protests planned for today.

City mayor Erias Lukwago on Saturday announced that KCCA councilors would today protest against Jennifer Musisi’s highhandedness in evicting traders from Kampala.

“The Councilors intend to express their outrage following the brutal manner in which Musisi is demolishing traders’ business structures,” said Lukwago.

Hundreds of KCCA law enforcement officers last week descended on Centenary Park to demolish structures erected there before the set deadline of October 1.

Some tenants, such as Sarah Kizito, sustained serious injuries in the chaos perpetrated by KCCA thus sparking public outrage.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Andrew Kaweesi says Lukwago and his ilk are “looking for publicity,” adding, any political activity in Kampala “will not be tolerated at all.”

Lukwago and Col. Kizza Besigye are expected to lead their supporters to downtown Kampala to “check on traders whose structures have been demolished by KCCA.”

IGP Lt Gen Kale Kayihura on Saturday said political rallies would not be accepted and organizers must wait till the end of the 50th anniversary celebrations.

Chimp Corps say police have already sealed off Besigye’s home in Kasangati to block him from leading protesters to Kampala.

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