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Besigye speaks Out as Speaker Among Blasts Police Over opposition Brutal Arrests

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Kizza Besigye

Besigye speaks Out as Speaker Among Blasts Police Over opposition Brutal Arrests
The leader of the political pressure group, Peoples Transition Group, Col (Rtd) Dr Kizza Besigye, who has been under preventive house arrest since last Thursday as he attempted to demonstrate against the high cost of living, has vowed to continue with his activism once police leave his premises.

The four time presidential candidate said this while addressing journalists at his home in Kasangati, who was flanked by Forum for Democratic Change MPs, said he was waiting for the police to leave his home before he resumes his activism.

I have instructed my lawyers to file my illegal detention case in court as a legal means for police to leave my house. As soon as they leave, I will get my moving microphone and start mobilising people to wake up, he said.

Dr Besigye asked government to downsize Cabinet that has more than 80 ministers, which he said has proved costly for Ugandans.

He also said President Museveni should do away with Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) whose roles can be played by the chief administrative officers.

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Dr Besigye suggested that government should reclaim the monies swindled by corrupt officials so that it can be used to enhance salaries of civil servants.

He also demanded that government relaxes taxes on essential commodities to make them affordable to vulnerable people.

I call upon Opposition parties to unite forces such that we can demand a transition of power, but not a succession of power. Power from the gun rule to people rule, he said.

Yesterday, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) MPs, faced challenges to access his home yesterday when they had gone to visit him with food stuffs at his home in Kasangati, Wakiso District.

The legislators, who included Soroti Woman MP Anna Adeke Ebaju, Gweri County MP Tom Julius Ekudo, Kabale Municipality MP Nicholas Kamara, Rukungiri Municipality MP Naboth Namanya, and Buhweju County Francis Mwijukye MP, told journalists that they passed through four security check points before reaching Dr Besigyes home.

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At the main entrance, security agencies prevented the MPs from accessing the main gate of his home.

The MPs were later asked to register their names, constituencies and municipalities in a visitors book put up by the police, but the MPs rejected but after a series of consultations by security forces, the MPs were allowed to meet Dr Besigye.

Meanwhile, The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Anita Among has condemned the brutal manner in which security operatives conduct themselves while arresting opposition politicians in the country.
While sharing the house on Tuesday,17 May 2022, Among said she did not approve of the way security officers conducted the arrest of former FDC presidential candidate, Dr. Kiiza Besigye saying it breached his human rights.
Besigye who is currently the leader of Peoples Front for Transition(PFT) was arrested last Thursday as he attempted to walk to town in protest of rising commodity prices. He has since been under house arrest.
I watched how Dr. Besigye was being arrested, it was in a brutal way. I did not think that was correct; we need to talk to our people, especially while handling people who are not armed, said Among while chairing Tuesdays plenary.

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The speaker further directed the Attorney General, Hon. Kiryowa Kiwanuka to guide security agencies on the right way of arresting not only leaders but everybody despite of the political affiliations saying; Even though he is in Opposition, we are the same; today it might be Dr. Besigye but tomorrow it might you.

The remarks came after Bukonzo County West Member of Parliament; Hon. Atkins Katusabe described Besigyes arrest as violent, inhumane, and degrading.

Dr. Besigye is a national leader, a parent and a brother to some people and served this government as a Minister of Foreign Affairs but he was violently arrested, locked up and jerked around the trousers like a chicken thief, Katusabe said.

He further stated that Article 24 of the constitution prohibits any form of torture, cruel, inhumane

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Jolliebest Kasajja is a Ugandan Photo Journalist, Influencer, Photo and Videographer, Nnews Editor and Critic for African Politics.