Besigye, Lukwago Appeal to International Community over Arrests Top story

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The two opposition leaders told a press conference in Kasangati, Wakiso district, Wednesday that the level of impunity for the violence occasioned on opposition leaders and their supporters has reached unacceptable levels.

Former Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago have called for the intervention of the international community to end the brutality subjected to them by the Uganda Police.

The two opposition leaders told a press conference in Kasangati, Wakiso district, Wednesday that the level of impunity for the violence occasioned on opposition leaders and their supporters has reached unacceptable levels.

The statements follow yesterday's events in which Police arrested Besigye, Lukwago and other opposition leaders who were returning from a court hearing in Kabale in western Uganda. They were intercepted from Rwamucucu as he headed to his home district of Rukungiri where police said he was likely to cause security problems.

Besigye says that he has reported more than 20 cases against police and other government security agencies to Uganda Human Rights Commission since he first joined the race for the Presidency in 2001. However, no action has ever been taken.

Besigye adds that he has now exhausted all avenues for justice within the official agents of government to protect his rights and rights of all Ugandans.

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Meanwhile Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago says police action against opposition leaders and their supporters tantamount to crimes against humanity for which the Inspector General of Police should be indicted.
 
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Meanwhile, FDC secretary for Mobilization Ingrid Turinawe says that Ugandans must wake up and respond to police action in an equal measure.

However Medi Sozzi Kaggwa, the chairperson of Uganda Human Rights Commission says investigations are underway, into all cases of human rights violations filed by Besigye against the police.

Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga says all police actions are within the law.  He says the law provides for the intervent6ion of police officers to stop anybody from committing crime.

 

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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.