Supporters escort Dr. Kizza Besigye as he returns to Kampala
Supporters of main opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye braved heavy police and military deployment to escort him from Entebbe to Kampala, spending over five hours to reach his home as he returned from Nairobi after treatment for teargas inhalation.
Supporters of main opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye braved heavy police and Military deployment to escort him from Entebbe to Kampala spending over five hours to reach his home. Thousands of supporters escorted Besigye who returned from treatment in Nairobi Thursday. He was injured in a brutal arrest recently in Kampala when police sprayed him with pepper spray and tear gas as they broke and vandalise his vehicle denying him to travel to the city centre. Just as Besigye was travelling to kampala, Visiting heads of States were travelling to Entebbe for Dinner with museveni who was sworn in offoce to taske fourth term amidst protest from opposition that the February 18 election was rigged.
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is sworn in to serve another five year term in office following his victory in the February 18 election where he beat his main challenger Dr. Kizza Besigye and six others in a hotly contested race in which opposition claim was rigged.
Museveni who came to power through a guerrilla struggle, a darling of the west for being a democrat is now falling out with them after he is accused of abuse of human rights and suppression of opposition views.
His colorful ceremony was attended by Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Tanzania's Jakaya Kikwete, Democratic Republic of Congo's Joseph Kabila and Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan among others.
Other leaders were Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed of Somalia and South Sudan's Salva Kiir.
In his inaugural speech, Mr Museveni said, “Regarding the current short term problems of increased fuel prices and increased food prices, we are looking at the option of buying in fuel bulk and also the option of approaching the Government of Sudan and that of Southern Sudan. I am told that buying in bulk lowers prices. I am also told that fuel in Juba is cheaper. In fact, some of our people from West Nile are already using that fuel, especially diesel. I intend to approach the Government of Sudan and that of Southern Sudan to see the possibilities,” he said, adding that in the next three years, we shall be using our own fuel after the building of the refinery is finished.
On the issue of raising food costs also one of the cause of 'walk to work' protest by opposition, the President- elect said predictions are showing that this is a temporary problem. “We are likely to have a bumper harvest. The prices will normalize. In the short run we are going to encourage micro-irrigation based on individual farms. The Ministry of Finance will encourage the importation of the necessary equipment for micro-irrigation,” he said, adding that the increase of prices of food is good for farmers in Uganda and that government is working out mechanisms of stabilizing food prices for urban dwellers and salary earners without interfering with government’s priority programs.