Police block Besigye rally as one is killed, scores injured

The police officers on duty at Wandegeya all declined to speak on whether there were deaths and on the number of injured.

Tuesday February 16 2016

A police officer leads FDC presidential candidate Kizza Besigye after

A police officer leads FDC presidential candidate Kizza Besigye after the Force lobbed teargas to disperse his supporters on Jinja Road in Kampala yesterday. Photo by Abu Lubowa 


Mr Fred Kato, Dr Besigye’s driver, had barricaded the path leading to Dr Besigye’s home using his car. The police first turned to drive back but turned and drove back just after driving for about one kilometer.

Mr Kato had unblocked the road by then and the police drove Dr Besigye to his house. Mr Bakaleke drove away shortly after dropping the presidential candidate at his gate, leaving a number of policemen at a distance from Dr Besigye’s home.

Dr Besigye entered his compound only to tell journalists that he would proceed with his programme as pre-planned.

He urged his supporters to keep calm, saying “the regime is panicking because we are going to defeat them”.

He was on the road shortly afterwards, accampagned by Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, gathering a large crowd as he drove along Gayaza road through Kasangati, Mpererwe, Kyebando, Kalerwe, through Makerere and Wandegeya.

Dr Besigye bypassed Makerere University western gate, which some of his supporters thought he would use to access the university, where he was also scheduled to address a rally and a big crowd had already formed in the Freedom Square.

The defiance
The Opposition leader insisted on passing through Wandegeya to the city centre, saying he needed to follow his programme as earlier planned.

After addressing the gathering at Nasser road, Dr Besigye was scheduled to go to Nakasero Market, Arua Park, Kisekka Market, Kagugube and Bukesa before making it to Makerere University.

After Makerere he would proceed to Mini Price, Container Village and Kafumbe Mukasa Road before addressing the main rally on the day at the field of Nabagereka Primary School in Kisenyi.
He, however, did not make it passed Wandegeya.

The police argued that he would not be allowed into the city centre to “disrupt business”.
Dr Besigye remained in his car, in the middle of the road towards the traffic lights at Wandegeya, as the police battled his supporters.

At about 6pm, his car was towed to Wandegeya Police Station using one of the police crowd control vehicles. He was still in his car at the time of filing this report.


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