Prisons Restricts Besigye's Visitors

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Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons Spokesperson, says only 20 people will be allowed to visit Besigye in a day. The decision was prompted by the high number of people who have been turning up to see the opposition leader.

Uganda Prisons has decided to restrict the number of people visiting Dr. Kiiza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change-FDC presidential candidate in Luzira prison.  Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons Spokesperson, says only 20 people will be allowed to visit Besigye in a day.

 
The decision was prompted by the high number of people who have been turning up to see the opposition leader. According to Baine, they have been receiving more than 60 people seeking to see Besigye, which he says is a very huge number of visitors.

 
He says the huge number is not only a hindrance to their activities, but also affects the visitation of other inmates since they also need to be attended too. Baine says although Prisons authorities only allow a maximum of 5 visitors each day for each inmate, they can make exception in extreme cases like that of Besigye but limit the number to between 10 to 15 visitors.
 

 
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He however, says those who want to visit Besigye must have credible reasons for their visit. But Odonga Otto, the Aruu county MP says it is unfair to limit the number of people visiting Besigye. According to Otto, Besigye is a public figure who deserves preferential treatment.



He wonders what the prison authorities will do should Besigye's legal team, which has more than 20 lawyers decides to visit him.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.