By Keefa Nuwahereza
The police have spent the biggest part of Monday running battle’s with Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) supporters in Jinja district following the arrest of former Presidential contender Dr Kizza Besigye.
Besigye, who was touring districts in Eastern Uganda districts, was arrested together with several FDC stalwarts after police blocked their political activities.
The FDC stalwart was slated tour several districts in eastern Uganda in a move that was aimed at spreading FDC gospel, although the police didn’t allow him.
Anti-riot police from Jinja Police station blocked Besigye from continuing with his political activities, arrested him and whisked him to Nalufenya detention centre, from where they drove him to a yet to be identified location.
Apart from Besigye, several other FDC supporters and members were arrested by police and are currently languishing in police cells.
However, Besigye’s arrest sparked off riots from FDC supporters and Members in Eastern Uganda, who blocked roads and disrupted traffic by lighting fires in the middle of the road.
Police quickly intervened by firing teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the irate FDC supporters.
While commenting about the saga, FDC Women League leader Ingrid Turinawe wrote thus on social media “Eastern Uganda Districts are on fire as Ugandans protest the arrest of FDC leaders who include people’s President , party President etc.
Our leaders are being arrested as they officiate over the celebrations of FDC @ 15 in the various districts.The activity is part of FDC mobilisation Programs. Fire in Buyikwe, Jinja Iganga, Busia, Mbale, Soroti Kumi, Bugiri Budaka, Tororo, Maraba etc as the Police , army and LDU Break into our meetings. #TWERWANEKO
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