Besigye, Supporters Charged with Disobeying Lawful Order

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Police has slapped charges of disobeying lawful orders and staging an illegal assembly against Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change party leader and his supporters.

Besigye was intercepted by anti-riot police while living his home to addressing his first campaign rally in Kasangati for election as a FDC party presidential flag bearer.
 
His supporters led by Ingrid Turinawe, the FDC party mobilisation secretary were picked in Kasangati trading center.
 
Police says it arrested Besigye after he defied a directive by Fred Ahimbisibwe, the commander in charge of operations Kasangati Police Station to stop.
 
Ahimbisibwe produced a letter on a headed police paper saying his scheduled rally was unlawful since police was not informed.
 
Besigye told Ahimbisibwe that he was heading to the US Embassy in Kampala but his pleas fell on deaf ears.
 
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Shortly after the exchange of words, Ahimbisibwe ordered the arrest of Besigye and bundled him on a waiting police patrol vehicle and sped off to Naggalama police station.
 
However, when the news of Besigye's arrest spread out, his supporters led by Ingrid Turinawe took to the streets in Kasangati. This forced police to intervene leading to running battles with Besigye's supporters.
 
Police fired teargas and live bullets to overcome the supporters who had become violent. At least 15 people including Turinawe and MP Roland Kaginda were picked up and detained  at Kasangati Police station. 

 

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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.