Thursday April 14 2011

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Besigye speaks to Monitor from trenches, says he’s unhurt

Anti riot Police struggle to put out a fire lit in the middle of the road during the Walk to Work demonstrations in Bwaise.

Anti riot Police struggle to put out a fire lit in the middle of the road during the Walk to Work demonstrations in Bwaise. Photo by Yusuf Muziransa  

By Tabu Butagira

“The police tried to take me onto their pickup by force but the people around me shoved them away, so I am still in the trench in Kasangati trading centre,” opposition politician says in a telephone interview.

Dr Besigye says he has not been roughed up or beaten by police as it happened on Monday, but he is not yielding to “oppressive forces”.

The retired army Colonel, a three-time presidential contender, tells Monitor’s Tabu Butagira: “I am still here in the road trench with many anti-riot police, their trucks and other complicated equipments surrounding us. I am not worried; I am going to demand my rights whatever it takes, however long”.

Our photographer Isaac Kasamani is holed up with the opposition politician in the trench, and describes the situation as worrying.

There is a stalemate in the trading centre which is roughly two kilometers away from Dr Besigye’s residence (Details of Dr Besigye interview will run in Daily Monitor print version).

Daily MonitorEducation Editor, Charles Mwanguhya, who is heading to Kasangati says youthful activists in Lutete trading centre, some two kilometers from Kasangati, have barricade about 200-metre stretch of the road with boulders.

Police are exploding tear gas canisters and cracking live bullets to disperse a crowd of unrelenting youth

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