Ugandan opposition leader arrested for fourth time

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye was detained for the fourth time in eight days on Monday, after he failed to unseat long-serving President Yoweri Museveni in an election observers say was marked by intimidation and lacked transparency.

Ingrid Turinawe, a senior official with Besigye’s FDC party said Besigye was being prevented from gathering evidence as part of his challenge of the election result.

“They should leave him to be free because he has only 14 days to petition the court. He has to collect evidence,” she said.

Uganda’s Electoral Commission declared Museveni, in power since 1986, the winner of the Feb. 18 vote, with 60.8 percent against Besigye’s 35.4 percent.

Besigye and other domestic critics dismissed the result as rigged and the EU observer mission said the vote lacked transparency and had been conducted in an “intimidating” atmosphere.

Police said on Monday they believed Besigye was preparing to lead supporters to the Commission to collect the official results and had not obtained proper consent.

“Today, (Besigye) had mobilised a group of youth to storm the electoral commission. We had information that they had planned to cause violence in the city,” said police spokesman Patrick Onyango.

 

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