Besigye detained at Nalufenya Police Station

Dr Kizza Besigye's vehicle being towed to Nalufenya Police Station in Jinja District on Monday following his arrest and detention at the facility. PHOTO BY DENIS EDEMA

JINJA- Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president, Dr Kizza Besigye, has Monday been detained at Nalufenya Police Station after being arrested in Jinja town.

Dr Besigye was in Jinja District as part of countrywide celebrations organised by the party to mark 15 years of the party’s existance.

He was supposed to address party loyalists at Bugembe Stadium.

However, for most parts of the afternoon, Dr Besigye and his team were engaged in running battles with police officers from Jinja Central Police Station, Bugembe and Kakira Police stations, before soldiers from Gadaffi Army Barracks were deployed.

Police fired teargas at Dr Besigye supporters after a public address system he was supposed to use inside the stadium, was allegedly dismantled by police.

Rowdy youth, using burning tyres and other items, barricaded Wanyama Road on the Jinja-Iganga highway, paralysing traffic.

Efforts to get a comment from the Jinja District FDC chairman, Mr Abubaker Maganda were futile since his telephone was switched off.

However, the Jinja Resident District Commissioner, Mr Eric Sakwa, who doubles as the head of security in the district, said Dr Besigye wasn’t cleared to go to Jinja.

“Was he cleared by a Local Council 1 chairman or a witchdoctor? As security, we were not aware of his coming,” he said.