Age Limit: Besigye Arrested in Kabale

Opposition kingpin Dr Kizza Besigye has been arrested on his way to the south western town of Kabale.

Police say Besigye, a four-time challenger to three-decade president Yoweri Museveni, will be charged in Rukungiri where one person was killed Wednesday as police fired live bullets to disperse hundreds at an age limit consultative rally he was involved in.

Besigye, the former opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate, was heading to Kabale town to drum up support for Patrick Amuriat in the ongoing party presidential poll campaigns.

Besigye is accused of rallying the population to pelt stones at police officers on Wednesday in  Rukungiri, Besigye’s hometown.

Other charges include illegal and unlawful assembly and inflicting injury on police officers.

Arrested alongside Besigye was Amuriat and FDC chief mobiliser Ingrid Turinawe.

The arrest was not without resistance.



Besigye and his group were arrested at Burambira, about four kilometers from Kabale Town.

From Rukungiri, they had taken the Kanungu route and branched to the Kisoro-Kabale Road at Hamurwa Trading Center.

However, Police had closed all routes to the town of Kabale.

They were intercepted at Burambira where police had planted spikes across the road.



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Samuel Kamugisha