Officials from EU, US pay Besigye visit - Daily Monitor

Officials from EU, US pay Besigye visit

Friday February 26 2016

A vehicle with European Union flag drives past

A vehicle with European Union flag drives past a police patrol van at Dr Kizza Besigye's home in Kasangati. Photo by Lubowa Abubaker. 

A delegation from the European Union and the USA mission on Friday paid courtesy visit to Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer in the recently concluded elections, Dr Kizza Besigye at his home in Kasangati, Wakiso district.

The group led by European Union Ambassador to Uganda Mr Kristian Schmidt arrived at Besigye’s home at around 2:00pm, however they were denied entry by the police.

A few minutes later, the Director Human Resource Development for Uganda Police Mr Felix Andrew Kaweesi showed up and led them to Besigye’s home after advising then to park their fleet of cars a few meters away and use the walk way to the opposition leader’s home.

Kaweesi then left the premises without a word to the journalists present. The delegation also has been tight lipped about their purpose of visit.

One of President Museveni’s biggest allies, the US government, has recently slammed the February 18 presidential elections as “deeply inconsistent with international standards and expectations for any democratic process”, telling the Ugandan government to release Opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye from house arrest immediately.

President Museveni, 71, was last Saturday announced winner by the Electoral Commission with 60.8 per cent of the vote tally, extending his 30-year rule for another five years.
His main challenger Kizza Besigye, who has been placed under house arrest since Friday, received 35.4 per cent.