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Besigye Arrested, Taken Home

Besigye (checked shirt) being arrested

Besigye (checked shirt) being arrested

Ugandan opposition leader Col. Kiiza Besigye has been arrested in chaotic scenes that rocked the Ugandan Capital City Kampala.

Besigye, together with several opposition leaders, had attempted to walk with crowds from downtown to stage demonstrations at the Constitutional Square.

Red Pepper Online reporters witnessed scuffles between the Uganda Police assisted by soldiers from the Military Police and Besigye.

Security forces also fired teargas canisters to disperse the crowds before the opposition leader was eventually whisked away to the Central Police Station for questioning and later driven home.

The Ugandan police have banned demonstrations in Kampala ahead of the country’s Golden Jubilee celebrations on Tuesday next week.

Police Spokesperson Vincent Ssekatte confirmed the arrest and said other leaders like the Kampala Lord Mayor have been released after cautioning them.

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