Besigye may be arrested for telling lies - Museveni

Monday January 31 2011

By Mercy Nalugo


President Museveni yesterday reiterated his earlier threat to have the IPC presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, arrested over what he described as “telling lies” to voters, that his government sold off Lake Victoria to foreigners.

‘Criminal offense’
Mr Museveni, during his tour of the islands in Kalangala District in the central region, said it is a criminal offence for one to mislead the public by telling lies. “Besigye may find himself in prison over peddling lies. Election laws don’t allow this. That Museveni has sold Lake Victoria ….even if he wins an election based on such lies, the results can be cancelled especially if there is evidence to this effect presented to court. He can even be arrested,” President Museveni was quoted as saying in a press release sent to Daily Monitor yesterday.

Mr Museveni addressed separate rallies in Namisoke Landing Site, Bulega in Bubeke Sub-county, Kyamuswa Constituency and Kibanga Primary School in Bujumba Sub-county Kalangala District, where he clarified that the East African Community through various processes decided to do a boat census to have them registered to manage cross-border fishing, minimise crime and ensure better service delivery to the countries that share the waters of Lake Victoria.
“There is absolutely no politics in this,” Mr Museveni said.

Dr Besigye, who has twice lost to Mr Museveni in the previous two elections, has repeatedly accused Mr museveni’s government of rampant corruption, including selling national assets and resources – including L. Victoria, L. Edward and River Nile, which he says is the reason there is scarcity of water, fish and electricity. But Mr Museveni said at the weekend that after Dr Besigye campaigned in Kalangala and realising dwindling support for the opposition, he resorted to slanderous attacks.

“Besigye while in Lango instead of campaigning resorted to telling lies of how I sold Lake Kyoga. He will show me the receipt upon which payment was effected,” he warned. Mr Museveni pledged to start a fund for fishermen to access loans to acquire canoes and modern fishing gear. He cautioned fishermen against harvesting immature fish.