Police Foil Parallel Opposition Independence Fete; Besigye Arrested

Police have this morning arrested and whisked off FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye as he attempted to leave his Kasangati home.

Besigye was according to FDC officials bundled in a police van and driven to a yet to be known destination.

The former Presidential candidate was setting out to attend the opposition party’s scheduled parallel Independence Day celebrations that they were supposed to hold in Katwe, capsule a Kampala Slum.

FDC, recipe this week organized a number of public meetings they were to hold to mark Uganda’s 54th Independence Day.

At the events, according the party’s Secretary for Mobilization Mrs. Ingrid Turinawe, they intended to inform Ugandans that the country is not yet independent and that “we only shifted from white to black oppressors.”

One in Bweyogerere was foiled last Friday and another one in Kawempe also did not take place

Turinawe told us this morning that the Katwe venue has also been cordoned off by police.

“I am on my way there but I am being told that the venue has been sealed off, they are arresting the tents, the people, everything,” she said.


According to reports, police heavily deployed at the homes of a number of other opposition officers to prevent them from heading to Katwe.

“I wasn’t stopped at my home because I didn’t sleep there,” Turinawe said.

Police’s spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi wasn’t available for comments and neither was the Kampala Metropolitan Police mouthpiece Emilian Kayima.

The National Independence Day celebrations are being held in Luuka District where President Museveni is the chief guest.

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