Live bullets, teargas rock Lira as Police arrests Besigye - Whisper Eye

Live bullets, teargas rock Lira as Police arrests Besigye

Uganda riot police and heavily armed UPDF soldiers have Saturday stopped former Forum for Democratic Change leader Rtd Col Kizza Besigye from staging a public rally organised by his party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Party in Lira town.

Heavy Police trucks and hundreds of police officers gathered around Dr Kizza Besigye’s car in Lira town to deter his intended actions.

According to the North Kyoga Regional Police spokesperson Mr
Mr David Ongom Mudong the deployment of police was normal as police had a duty to keep law and order and deter any illegal gathering that may occur as per Uganda’s Public Order management Act.

The FDC chairman for Lira District Mr Ogongson Otyama Ogong told Whisper Eye that they informed and wrote to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr Martins Okoth-Ochola about their planned public rally in the town although Lira District Police Commander, Mr George Obia and North Kyoga Regional Police Commander, Mr Peter Nkulega had denied receiving any communication from the office of the IGP clearing the rally.

Police puts out fire as FDC’s Besigye is stopped from holding a rally in Lira

According to FDC the rallies are part of party activities to recruit new party members across the country.

When DR Kizza Besigye, arrived accompanied by other party officials for a public rally at Mayor’s Gardens he was stopped from driving through town with teargas as he continued to wave to his supporters.

People in Lira confiscated chains police brought to use and tow Kizza Besigye’s car. The act prompted police to fire teargas and live bullets to the crowds. He was arrested and released this evening.

This comes at time when the USA warned Uganda government about the continued suppression of Kizza Besigye freedom of speech and public gathering as enshrined in the constitution of Uganda.

In the USA mission Uganda statement the USA administration called upon Uganda to embrace the rule of law after Bobi Wine had been denied to stage his Easter concert at Busabala One Love beach.