Besigye Spends Night at Mbarara Police, Transferred Back to Rukungiri

Opposition kingpin Dr Kizza Besigye, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Patrick Amuriat and party chief mobiliser Ingrid Turinawe have been returned to the south western Uganda town of Rukungiri, an opposition party official has revealed.

“We have learnt that Dr. Besigye and co were airlifted and are now in Rukungiri. We will be there,” FDC party deputy secretary general Harold Kaija wrote on Facebook, minutes past 6pm local time.

The Tower Post has since learnt that Besigye and his group spent the night at Mbarara Police.

The vehicle in which Besigye, Amuriat and Turinawe were driven in from Naggalama, Mukono district.

The trio were arrested Thursday on their way to the south western town of Kabale.

At the time of their arrest, Police said Besigye, a four-time challenger to three-decade president Yoweri Museveni, would 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.

FDC has since suspended party campaigns, the second time they are halting this party process over age limit chaos.

Besigye, Amuriat and Turinawe were transferred from Kabale to Naggalama in Mukono Thursday night.

They were denied bail.

Samuel Kamugisha