Ugandan opposition candidate detained by Police

Ugandan opposition candidate detained by Police

- Ugandan opppsition leader arrested and detained by police ahead of Thursday's election

- Mr. Besigye was arrested while driving on Uganda's main highway for disobeying orders and disrupting city traffic

- Besigye has described Yoweri Museveni has a dictator.

Ugandan opposition candidate detained by Police

Mr Besigye, in the white shirt, shielded his eyes when the tear gas was fired

Kizza Besigye, one of Uganda's main opposition candidates has been detained by police ahead of Thursday’s presidential elections.

Mr. Besigye has been arrested on many occasions in past but this is the first time he has been arrested during the campaigneering period, ahead of the elections.

Mr Besigye has since lost three disputed elections against the long-time 71-years –old leader, Yoweri Musevini who has been in power for 30 years and is running for a fifth term in office.

Ugandan opposition candidate detained by Police

Mr Besigye, centre, was taken to a police station by riot police on his way to a campaign rally in downtown Kampala

The BBC reports that Mr Besigye's car was driving along one of main highways in Uganda's capital, Kampala, and escorted by hundreds of supporters. Witnesses say teargas was fired to disperse the crowd.

The police have confirmed that he is not under arrest but is being held because he disobeyed orders not to disrupt city traffic.They say he should be released soon and taken to his next rally, she adds.

Ugandan opposition candidate detained by Police

The police insist they say they held the opposition leader because he disrupted traffic

Mr Besigye used to be President Museveni's personal doctor, but he went on to become his political opponent and has referred to him as a "dictator".

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Eight presidential candidates are contesting Thursday’s polls that would see Ugandans vote in parliamentary and local elections. For the first time, Mr Museveni and his National Resistance Movement will face two strong opponents.

They are Kizza Besigye, the veteran opposition leader, and Amama Mbabazi, a former prime minister and close ally of the president. Mr Besigya leads the Forum for Democratic Change, while Mr Mbabazi is running as an independent with the GoForward pressure group.

 

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