Besigye Enters Kampala After Month of Incaceration

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On arrival in Kasangati trading center, a group of police officers riding on motor cycles and boda boda motorists started following Besigyes vehicle. However, Police set up a road block at Kalerwe round about and blocked the boda boda motorists and all people who were following Besigye.

Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change-FDC presidential candidate has finally stepped out of his home in Kasangati in Wakiso after spending more than a month under police siege.  Besigye stepped out of his gate this morning a few minutes after 9am and set out for Kampala capital city.

Before boarding his vehicle, Besigye told journalists that he hopes police will not interfere with his movements since he has lost a lot for the last forty days he has been under siege.  He told journalists he would first to Kampala to check on his businesses before heading to the FDC offices in Najjanankumbi for the weekly prayers.
 
On arrival in Kasangati trading center, a group of police officers riding on motor cycles and boda boda motorists started following Besigye's vehicle. However, Police set up a road block at Kalerwe round about and blocked the boda boda motorists and all people who were following Besigye.
 
Hundreds of people lined the road and flushed the FDC victory symbol as Besigye snaked through Gayaza road. By the time of filling this story, no incident had been reported.  Besigye was put under preventive arrest shortly after the February 18th polls.  Police said it had decided to regulate his movement for fear that he would stir chaos after losing the disputed polls.
 
However, the incarceration of Besigye drew condemnation from the international community, opposition and human rights activists prompting police to withdraw over the weekend.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.