Police arrest and release opposition leader Kizza Besigye
Ugandan police fired teargas and held opposition leader Kizza Besigye and several allies in a police cell to stop them leading an anti-government protest, the police said would start chaos. Kenya. 19-20th January 2012
Erias Lukwago, who is Uganda’s capital city Kampala lord Mayor has today vowed not to go back to Jinja Road police station as told to do so by police following his arrest on Thursday from the activists for change/ inter party cooperation (A4C/IPC) meeting at Katonga in Kampala. Lukwago revealed this today before the media during a press conference held at Katonga. "Am heading to the mayor mansion from here to do my work as a Mayor who was elected by people of Kampala" Lukwago concluded.
Besides Lukwago, also to consider in the country’s leading opposition leader Retired colonel doctor Kizza Besigye who was among the people arrested on Thursday from the same venue. Before the media, Besigye noted that Ugandan police is full of marijuana users basing on the way he was arrested. “As a doctor, I take the opportunity to inform the general public that our police institution especially those ones who arrested us on Thursday are marijuana users because one wanted to kill me from their van they used while taking us to Kira Road police station and was stopped by his fellows.” Being the leader of the opposition, at the same press conference there was youthful politician Moses Kasibante who was ordered to be the member of parliament for Rubaga North by court who was arrested from Katwe police station and wanted to know if his freedom of movement was deprived from him. He said, “the policeman who arrested me wanted to know what I had come to do in Katwe yet I stay in Rubaga.” The other who were arrested include; Kyadondo iron member of parliament Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, Kampala woman member of parliament Nabilah Naggayi, Ingrid Turinawe, Sam Mugumya, Francis Tumwijukye among others. The rally that is taking place in Kireka is in Ssemujju’s constituency and told the police boss Kale Kaihura to create more space in the cells as they are to carry on their rally from his constituency. “As the host, I will not allow police to disrupt our rally because we shall be discussing problems faced by my voters.” He explained.