Former Forum for Democratic Change president Dr Kiiza Besigye has been arrested this morning after he appeared in downtown Kampala.
Besigye, who beat the heavy security deployment at his home in Kasangati, was in Kampala to attend a consultative rally called by embattled Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago at JEEMA headquarters in Rubaga.
He drove through Kampala unnoticed by police and only made appearance after he reached the Old Taxi Park. On hearing this, police swung into action, deploying heavily as Besigye’s supporters gathered around his car to form a ring to prevent his arrest. This prompted police to fire tear gas to disperse them.
Besigye’s car was them towered to Central Police Station, and arrested on arrival.
Lord Mayor Lukwago, MPs Betty Nambooze and Moses Kasibante, and Kawempe Mayor Mubarak Munyagwa remain confined to their homes amid heavy police deployment.
Early this week, Lukwago and Moses Kasibante, the Lubaga North MP wrote notifying police of their intentions to convene a consultative meeting.
It came after police blocked two other previous attempts by Lukwago to convene stakeholders, the first since his controversial impeachment. In a statement issued this afternoon, Judith Nabakooba, the Police spokesperson insists that Lukwago does not have powers to organize a meeting as a lord mayor.
Lukwago was impeached by a section of councilors following a KCCA tribunal report, which implicated him for alleged incompetence and failure to conduct council business.
However, High Court judge, Justice Yasin Nyanzi later ruled that the council resolution was unlawful saying it was made in disregard of a court injunction blocking the sitting.