Police and the army from the second division in the western district of Mbarara have this morning blocked Forum for Democratic Change leader Dr. Kiiza Besigye from travelling to Kabale a couple of days after he was prevented from touring Kampala city alongside Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
The FDC strong man was on his way to Kabale where he was slated to attend a burial when all this happened.
Heavily armed security intercepted the FDC leader along the High Street in Mbarara town and ordered him out of his Land Cruiser or he be coerced out.
As the tension ensued, word spread around Mbarara town like wild fire about what was happening to the FDC leader and within a split of time; his supporters had already stormed the town to rescue him.
The crowd that had gathered to rescue Besigye soon lost their patience, turned violent and started pelting the police with stones sparking off a violent exchange between the two.
Live bullets and tear gas were used as the police tried to disperse the enraged crowd forcing people along the street to close their shops.
However, according to police mouth piece Judith Nabakooba, the FDC is to blame for the confusion saying he “is the one who parked in the middle of the road.”
We did not arrest him. He just stopped in the middle of the road and started addressing people. We had to clear the way for other road users. But after negotiations he proceeded with his journey,” she added.
Dr Kiiza Besigye has in the recent past been involved in running battles with the police during political activities in the capital, Kampala recently.
During the week Uganda was marking her fifty years of independence, Besigye and other opposition leaders were placed under prevent arrest by the police for fear they would disrupt the festivities.