Uganda’s main opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change-FDC has asked government to stop the continuous arrest of its former leader Kiiza Besigye.
Wafula Ogutu, the FDC spokesperson says despite not committing any crime Besigye is repeatedly arrested by police for no good reason.
The FDC appeal comes a few days after Besigye was arrested and held at Nagalama police station for allegedly knocking a police vehicle, a charge the former opposition leader vehemently denies.
Wafula says when Besigye was leaving the party he convinced them that they should get a two pronged approach against the government which included activism and political front.
He claims that government is trying to find a way of eliminating their former leader adding that, government will be answerable should anything happen to Besigye in detention.
Wafula also blasted Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for alleging that FDC is responsible for vote rigging especially in Kampala.
While presiding over the 28th liberation celebrations, president Museveni said they are working on a computerized system to issue national Identity cards that will also be used during the 2016 general elections.
According to President Museveni the FDC has had a tendency of stealing votes and that is why he loses in Kampala. However, an irritated Wafula wondered how FDC could rig elections if they do not have access to the Electoral commission tally system. He cites the example of Wakiso where Besigye polled 404 votes and was given 4 votes.
Jotham Talemwa, the Electoral Commission spokesperson says rigging elections occurs in many ways such as paying voters and registering the same voters in different places. He is hopeful that all this will change once the biometric system is implemented starting 18th February to get rid of multiple voting.