Forum for Democratic Change has called for the immediate and unconditional release of party leader Dr Kizza Besigye, citing fear for his life and safety.
Addressing journalists at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, Kampala, yesterday, party vice president for Eastern Uganda Salaam Musumba said they are worried about the way Dr Besigye will be treated in prison, the food he will be given now that the people holding him view him as an enemy and not a political opponent.
“They might even inject him with poison,” she said. “If they didn’t have any sinister plans they would have taken him to Luzira [Maximum Prison] and not to Nakasongola, over 60 miles from where he was arrested.” She added: “This is how his younger brother [Musasizi Kifefe] was killed and a host of other people have been arrested in the same circumstances but later die due to the slow killing poison they give them while in custody.”
Dr Kizza Besigye was on Thursday arrested by state operatives as he left his home in Kasangati to continue the walk-to-work campaign against the sky rocketing commodity and fuel prices.
Unlike earlier occasions where he was arrested and granted bail, the Nabweru Grade One Magistrate charged the FDC leader with unlawful assembly, and refused to hear his bail request sending him to jail until April 27.
Ms Musumba said if the government does not heed to the party’s call, they will mobilise people around Nakasongola to enter the prison and ascertain that Dr Besigye is safe. She added that although the walk-to-work campaign is still on, there will be no walking on Monday. She said the party will on Wednesday lead a special walk to Nabweru Court to show solidarity with the party president as he appears before the grade one magistrate, again.