DEVELOPING STORY: Besigye Arrest Sparks City Protests, Two Shot


hospital geneva;”>FDC sources say Besigye spent the better part of his night in Kampala after using an exit route at the rear of his house.

rx geneva;”>He passed through a banana plantation under the cover darkness before holding a meeting with his strategists at a home of an FDC sympathizer in Bukoto, a Kampala suburb.

While cops remained glued at Besigye’s gate and ensured that every car that left the premises was checked, the FDC ironman was already in Kampala.

Meanwhile, several journalists have been thumped by police officers during today’s protest.

A Daily Monitor photographer Isaac Kassamani and unidentified WBS Television cameraman were assaulted by rogue cops at Central Police Station as they covered Besigye’s arrest.

During the chaos, a one Keith Nyakahuma, a boda boda operator at the Constitutional Square stage was injured by gunshots.

CPS is now the tactical command centre of police operations against “Walk To freedom” protests.

The mood remains tense in the city with businessmen fearing to open their shops again.

12:00pm: Col Kizza Besigye has been arrested at Ben Kiwanuka Street in Kampala.

This came after beating heavy police deployment at his Kasangati residence.

Police used heavy gunfire and teargas to crush the protests. Thousands had gathered in downtown Kampala for Besigye’s address.

Shopkeepers swiftly closed their stores to avoid losing their property.

Following the arrest, opposition supporters stormed Central Police Station to rescue the political leader.

07:30 Am (Thursday).

Police on Wednesday night arrested Kawempe Mayor Mubarak Munyangwa as he was reportedly trying to mobilize youth and hardcore criminals in Kasangati trading center.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Ibin Ssenkumbi, said Munyagwa was found giving out money and other materials to the people whom he was mobilizing so that they engage in today’s demonstration in Kampala and nearby areas.

Munyagwa was intercepted by detectives and detained at Kasangati police station as inquiries continue.

Chimpreports has separately established that Col Kizza Besigye is planning another protest on Thursday afternoon in Kampala.

This followed two days of planning by opposition leaders led by FDC Women League boss Ingrid Turinawe.

Security remains tight at Besigye’s plush residence in Kasangati, Wakiso district and the Constitutional Square in the heart of the city.

In a related development, Francis Mwijukye who had gone to Central Police Station on Wednesday to check on his fellow arrested activists is now facing charges of “simple robbery.”

He was transferred to Kasese where the offence was allegedly committed.


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