FDC’s Rtd. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye was last night blocked from appearing on a radio talk show in Kabale Municipality by local authorities.
Besigye has paid for airtime to appear on a night talk show on Voice of Kigezi only to be stopped at the reception.
President Yoweri Museveni had appeared on the same station earlier in the week, where he cautioned radio station snot to host people that are opposed to government’s planned land related constitutional amendment.
Dr Besigye, according to his aides, was in the Kigezi sub region to drum up support for the party candidate for the Rukiga Woman MP, Shillah Alituha.
But he was also expected on the radio show to make a counter argument against President Museveni’s defence of the largely unpopular land amendment.
The opposition strongman was supposed to be hosted on the show from 9 pm to 11 pm in the night.
But on reaching the station reception, at exactly 8pm, he was told by workers that the show had been cancelled and was asked to leave.
Frank Mutaremwa, the radio station’s accountant told Besigye that they got a directive to host him from the Kabale Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Darius Nandinda.
Dr. Besigye was also being monitored by Dickens Bindeeba, the Kabale District Police Commander who was in plain clothes.
An infuriated Besigye condemned the RDC for infringing on his right to address the people of Kabale.
He also said that the act was a clear indication that Museveni’s countrywide land campaign is authoritarian and continues to lack support.
When contacted, RDC Nandinda told Chimpreports that he blocked Besigye from appearing on the show, because “he was going to confuse the people of Kabale on the land amendment bill yet President Museveni clearly clarified that government is not trying to grab people’s land.”
The bill seeks to amend Article 26 of the constitution to provide for the compulsory acquisition of private land for government projects.
Article 26 of the Constitution provides for the right of persons to own property and how it can be acquired by government.
But government argues that the provision has slowed down the implementation of key project resulting from compensation disputes.