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Opposition And Journalists Denied Access To Besigye’s Home

Opposition And Journalists Denied Access To Besigye’s Home

Y esterday, police operatives denied journalists and some members of the opposition from FDC access to the residence of Col (Rtd) Dr Kizza Besigye in Kasangati Town Council, Wakiso district.

Dr. Kizza Besigye now heads the People’s Front for Transition political pressure group. The FDC team comprising Mr. Wafula Oguttu, Mr. Wycliffe Bakandonda, and Ms. Virginia Plan Mugyenyi had taken some foodstuffs for him when they failed to gain access.

The team negotiated with security deployed at the home to be let in but all efforts went in vain. Later on, they left the place with their foodstuffs that including bunches of matooke and chicken.

Dr Besigye, a four-time presidential contender, and President Museveni’s former personal doctor has been under house arrest since last Thursday.

The house arrest followed his attempt to walk to Kampala City in protest against high commodity prices and what he described as a succession of power.

Mr Harold Kaija, the FDC deputy Secretary-General confirmed that their party members had been denied access to Dr Besigye’s home.

“On Saturday, our party spokesperson, Mr Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, was also denied access…,” Mr. Kaija said.

Some other key politicians have reportedly canceled their visits to Besigye’s home after learning that they would fail to gain access.

“We were expecting leaders from political parties such as Conservative Party, Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Democratic Party (DP) and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) led by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago but they had to postpone the visit because they are not allowing anyone to come here,” Mr Ronald Muhinda, one of Dr Besigye’s aides, said.

He further said no one has seen Besigye since Thursday when the house arrest came into play. Adding that the security officers are not allowing anyone to visit him apart from his family members.

Like Opposition members, journalists too were denied access to his residence. By Monday morning, a police pick-up truck had parked in the middle of the road that leads to Dr Besigye’s home.

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