Addressing journalists at his Katonga based offices on Tuesday evening; Besigye recounted how he was saved by people in his car from falling down after police use water cannons to splash water inside his vehicle at Kireka in Wakiso District on Monday.
A day after police unleashed brutality against Rtd. Col. Dr.
Kiiza Besigye, he has vowed not to give up on his struggle to liberate Uganda.
Addressing journalists at his Katonga based offices on Tuesday evening; Besigye
recounted how he was saved by people in his car from falling down after police
use water cannons to splash water inside his vehicle at Kireka in Wakiso
District on Monday.
Besigye had gone to Mandela National Stadium where Forum for
Democratic Change-FDC party members had converged for a conference. Police
pepper sprayed, tear gassed and flashed water cannons at Besigye and other FDC
party members as they proceeded to their party headquarters after being blocked
from meeting in Namboole.
The four time presidential candidate said, he and other forces
of change will continue to fight fearlessly no matter what the government does
to them. Besigye said those who will survive the brutality of the incumbent regime will
live to see the fruits of their struggle while others will be remembered for
their contribution to the liberation.
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Besigye had just returned from abroad when he was invited to
attend the FDC seminar at Namboole. Police blocked the seminar, saying FDC hadn’t
cleared the meeting with police as required by the Public Order Management Act.
However, as Besigye and other FDC officials drove through Kireka, they were
intercepted by Police.
Besigye’s vehicle was blocked from moving for more than
half an hour. Police attempted to tow away the vehicle in vain as the chains
kept breaking. He managed to get way but was intercepted by police at Nakawa from
where he was sprayed with tear gas and water.
He was arrested and taken to
Naggalama and freed in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Besigye says such attacks
against opposition leaders are meant to intimidate Ugandans.
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Besigye says Ugandans are under captivity and their role as the People’s government
is to liberate Uganda through to rationalizing Ugandans. He says for Ugandans
to break out of the captivity they are immersed in, they need to be made aware
of the situation they are in such that they understand the cause of their
He also said Ugandans need to be organized through proper
structures to take action, adding that their goal is to liberate Uganda and not
necessarily taking over power. Besigye says the people’s government has
been moving to different regions mobilizing Ugandans.
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The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, told URN that
they arrested 58 people comprising of 49 males and 9 females who were taken to
Kira Police Station.
He says women were released on police bond on Tuesday
while the rest will be screened for police to know who to retain and who to
issue police bond.
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He says FDC wrote to Police notifying them of their event and were advised to
hold the event indoors, something the FDC defied.