Former Presidential Candidate Dr Kizza Besigye Arrested in Jinja

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Kiiza Besigye's vehicle being towed from Sunset hotel. (Courtesy Photo)

Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has been arrested in Jinja. Besigye was picked up from Sunset hotel where he spent a night ahead of a rally planned to take place later today in Jinja town.

The area was first surrounded by both uniformed and non-uniformed security personnel, to stop Besigye from exiting the hotel. The officers also searched every vehicle that left the premises to look out for him in vain.

At around 11 am, Besigye, clad in blue checkered shirt walked out of his suite, to face off with officers of the UPDF Service Brigade who were waiting at the hotel gate. They dragged him aboard his vehicle to Nalufenya police station, sparking protests among his supporters across Jinja town.

Besigye, who, was yesterday blocked from addressing party members in Bugiri district, earlier today told journalists that he was planning to meet party supporters at Kazimingi grounds. Jinja resident district commissioner, Erick Sakwa said Besigye’s frequent visits to Busoga sub-region is synonymous with inciting violence.

Kiira Regional Police Commander Paul Nkore says that they carried out a preventive arrest ahead of Besigye’s planned illegal assembly later today.

(URN)

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