Dr. Kizza Besigye's modified vehicle
Police have foiled
another attempt by Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic President
to stage a protest against the high commodity prices. Flanked by his fellow former presidential candidate, Samuel Walter lubega Mukaaku Besigye left his residence enroute to Kampala capital city centre.
Besigye told journalists
that he had decided to continue with the protests to wake up Ugandans to compel
the government to address the high commodity prices since the president, Yoweri
Museveni had failed to provide solutions during his Sunday night address. He, however,
couldn’t move far since the police had blocked the road to his residence.
For minutes, Besigye
remained seated in his car and the police looked on unbothered. This prompted,
Besigye to open the roof of his vehicle and inquire why the officers had blocked
him. "This is my private property. Kindly remove your vehicle I have some
business to carry out in town. If you want to block roads, go and block the
government road,” Besigye said as the officers looked on.
After close to an hour,
Besigye disembarked from his vehicle insisting that he has a right of movement. He vowed to move on foot.
Before he hit the main road, police officers grabbed Besigye and placed him in a van that they had used to block the route to his residence.
Another scene was already
playing out in Kisangani town, with police blocking a group of people led by Soroti
woman member of parliament, Ann Adeke who were on their way to visit Besigye. Police
ordered the group to return to Kampala. Police also tried to beat up journalists
who were covering the scene.
Besigye re-modifies his vehicle
To continue with his
campaign, Dr. Besigye has re-modified his vehicle popularly known as the beast
to the people of Kasangati who liken it to the vehicle that transports the US
president. Previously, Besigye had sealed the windscreens of the vehicle with
wire mesh and mounted the vehicle with megaphones.
This morning, our reporter saw the vehicle accessories preventing
officers from damaging it. The con speakers that were removed last time as
police tried to prevent him from communicating have this time been covered with
wire mesh making it hard for anyone to access them.
Besigye noted that this
has been done to ensure that officers don't use monkey tricks to prevent him
from passing on his message. He added that he could have resumed his campaign
on Friday following the Thursday incident but noted he had experienced some
logistics problems. "We had logistical problems but we have sorted
them...." The smiling Besigye told journalists.