The Police on
Thursday allowed Dr. Kizza Besigye, the leader of the people's front for transition
to return home, after holding him for more than seven hours in his car.
In the morning Police intercepted Besigye shortly
after living in his residence where he spent six days under preventive arrest to
stop him from leading protests against the high commodity prices.
Shortly after addressing journalists, Dr. Besigye jumped in his land cruiser,
whose windscreens are sealed by wire mesh and mounted with megaphones, and
tried to make his way to Kampala via Kampala-Gayaza road. However, a team of
police officers cut him off as they blocked his vehicle at the front and back
using patrol vehicles.
They also erected barricades using spikes to stop Besigye from continuing with
his planned journey. The officers dispersed pockets of residents who had lined
up along the road to cheer Besigye while singing the resistance song.
In the evening,
Members of Parliament led by Kyamuswa
County MP Moses Kabuusu pleaded with the Police to allow Besigye to return home. After
an hour of negotiations, the police accepted to let Besigye go.
Kabuusu says that Besigye agreed to
return home but on the condition that police should not place him under house
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After the negotiations, police removed the patrols and spikes that had blocked Besigye's car, and was driven back to
his residence amid jubilations from Kasangati town council residents.
Besigye noted that his standoff with
the police was just the beginning of his struggle to awaken Ugandans who are
being affected by the hard economic times.
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He noted that although he did not go
to his intended destination, he successfully reached Kasangati town council
hoping that next time he will reach far until when his message reaches the