Four time presidential candidate Kizza Besigye today nearly lost his life after he was hit by a a Uganda Police high pressure water canon.
He is currently detained at Nagalama Police Station after he was forcefully dragged out of his car through a shattered window by the Police on Monday morning after a botched Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) meeting at Namboole.
Police had earlier blocked FDC leaders from holding their general assembly at Namboole’s parking grounds.
According to FDC spokesman Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, his party was to supposed to hold a press conference at Namboole at 11:00 am then after resume with their assembly.
However, early in the morning Police had already had blocked Party members from accessing Namboole stadium parking grounds with tear gas vehicles parked in all roads accessing the venue.
On reaching it, FDC supporters forcibly wanted to bypass the police barricades which forced officers to fire tear gas which dispersed them.
Among the leaders who were forcibly refused even to step out of their cars are the FDC president Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Besigye.
Following a long struggle with Police, FDC leaders resolved to go back hold their general assembly at the party headquarters at Najjanankumbi.
However, on their way to Najjanankumbi, Police blocked Besigye’s car on the reasons that they are inconveniencing the order of the city following a large number of FDC supporters which had lead to traffic jam.
At Kireka, Besigye tried to talk to chanting supporters through his car’s sunroof.
It is at this point that a police fire fire truck released high pressure water on FDC’s former party president causing him to flip over the car’s windshield, according to Ronald Muhinda, Besigye’s spokesperson posted a caption accompanied by a video and several photos.
Later on, Besigye is seen emerging from the car’s sunroof again, before he is driven off, only to be intercepted around Spear Motors.
“The police led by Field Force Unit Commander Rashid Agero then descended on Besigye’s car, hitting the front screen with a gun butt around Spear Motors, Nakawa He destroyed it’s windows and pulled him out before bundling him into a waiting car and driven to Nagalama,” a source told Watchdog Uganda.
Efforts to get a comment from the Police were futile by the time we published this article.
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