Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye says his ‘arrest' this morning and the consequent drive to his home in Kasangati tantamount to kidnap.
Besigye was held moments after landing at Entebbe International Airport aboard a Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi. He had been out of the country for other a month after visits to the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
He landed at 8:15am, Monday, amid heavy police deployment and was immediately dragged into a vehicle that was waiting on the tarmac to his home in Kasangati, Wakiso district.
Besigye later told journalists at his home in Kasangati that he was mobbed by security disguised as Civil Aviation Authority personnel as he inclined off the plane and whisked away towards the Old Airport.
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Besigye added that his captors denied him access to the entry point, to have his passport stamped as proof of return into the country and luggage cleared. The luggage was later taken to his home.
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Hundreds of FDC supporters, among them, Joyce Ssebugwawo, Harold Kaija, Erias Lukwago, Wasswa Biriggwa and a number of legislators who had earlier stationed at the airport to welcome him were denied entry. The VIP Lounge where Dr Besigye was slated address a press conference was restricted to only five people.
The FDC party president, Retired Major General Mugisha Muntu and Leader of Opposition, Winnie Kiiza were not present. However Besigye downplayed their absence, noting that this does not reflect that the party is divided.
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Police says it arrested over 30 FDC supporters from Entebbe where they had gathered to receive Besigye.
Besigye says today's actions are evidence that the opposition is a force to reckon with. He asserts that the opposition will not relent from its quest to make Uganda a democratic state, where citizens are masters and leaders are servants.