FDC Youths Storm Naggalama Police over Besigye

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The group armed with sticks and stones engaged the Police in running battles following a scuffle over access to the station, where Besigye is held. Besigye was intercepted from Mulago on his way to the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi early today.

Angry supporters of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC political party have stormed Naggalama Police Station demanding for the immediate release of the party's former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye.

The group armed with sticks and stones engaged the Police in running battles following a scuffle over access to the station, where Besigye is held. Besigye was intercepted from Mulago on his way to the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi early today.

He was due to attend a service organized as part of the ‘Free-my-Vote" campaign, one of the opposition-led activities protesting the outcome of the February 18 presidential election. He was the first runner up in the election in which Yoweri Museveni; the National Resistance Movement Presidential candidate was declared a winner with 60.7 percent of the vote. Besigye polled 35.4 percent.

This was the first time Besigye moved out since the withdrawal of police officers from his home in Kasangati, Wakiso district.

However he disagreed with the suggested route. Although Police wanted him to go through Yusuf Lule road to Jinja road and Mukwano road, Besigye insisted on going through Wandegeya, Bombo road and Kampala city centre saying he had a lot of pending business in Kampala.
 
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Following the disagreement, Besigye was arrested and his vehicle towed to Kira Road Police Station from where he was transferred to a police van and driven to Naggalama.

Kampala (CPS) District Police Commander Aaron Baguma said Besigye disobeyed lawful orders. He said a procession through the central business district would disrupt business.
The arrest provoked angry reactions from his supporters, some of whom blocked the main road that connects Wakiso to Mukono district saying they will only open it when Besigye regains his freedom.  The logs were later cleared by police.

Similarly FDC President Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu asked for Besigye's unconditional release saying he did not commit any crime prior to his arrest.

 

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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.