Besigye declined to disembark from the police van prompting the officers to drag him out. "Am not leaving," Dr. Besigye could be heard telling a police officer identified as Albert Muhumuza who was pushing him from the van.
Besigye inside the mobile police cells
Rtd. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye has finally regained his freedom
after spending almost the entire day in police custody. Police arrested the
former opposition political party head Monday morning and detained him in a police
van to stop him from entering the city center to protest skyrocketing commodity
They held him in the mobile police cells until later in the
evening when they chose to release him. Besigye declined to disembark from the
police van prompting the officers to drag him out. "Am not leaving,"
Dr. Besigye could be heard telling a police officer identified as Albert
Muhumuza who was pushing him from the van. At this moment, police officers
tried to block journalists from capturing the scene as they pushed them back
towards Besigye’s residence.
This is my property, you can't push people like that
on my property,” Besigye shouted at the officers prompting them to pull back.
In the past, whenever Besigye would try to lead a procession from his Kasangati
residence in Wakiso district or in Kampala city, police officers could bundle
him in awaiting van and whisk him off to Nagalama police station. Occasionally,
police could put Besigye under preventative arrest and drop him at his home deep
in the night after releasing him on police bond.
In other instances, they could place him under preventive
arrest at his home just like they did when the four-time presidential candidate
first attempted to stage protests against uncontrolled commodity prices. Last
week, opposition leaders reminded police of the court decision, which declared
the police decision to hold Besigye under preventive arrest in his home
illegal. Besigye had spent six days under preventive arrest. Police now seem to
have changed tactics.
Police have given up on using what they termed as
reasonable force while quelling protests. Last week, police commanders desisted
from firing teargas or beating people even when provoked by the protesters who
lit bonfires in the middle of the Busy-Kampala- Gayaza road. Additionally, police
didn't attempt to drag Besigye from his vehicle partly because it was covered
with wire mesh.
The Kampala North Region Police Commander, Peter Nkulegga also stopped
his juniors from towing Besigye’s vehicle. As a result, Besigye spent over eight hours inside
his vehicle until the evening when police officers removed the spikes and
patrol vehicles they had used to block the vehicle. On Monday, police used similar tactics to foil the planned protests
Police blocked the narrow road leading to Besigye’s residence.When
he tried to move on foot, the officers grabbed him and placed him in the police van. By
the time of filing this story, Besigye had refused to return to his home and
remained seated in his wire mesh sealed vehicle insisting that he was moving to
town as earlier planned