RUBIRIZI – Four-time presidential candidate Dr Kiiza Besigye on Wednesday morning beat police surveillance at Katunguru Bridge on the border between Kasese and Rubirizi districts that had sought to block activities of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in the area.
Heavily armed police officers on Wednesday morning staged a roadblock, ostensibly to block Dr Besigye and a host of other FDC leaders, including party president Patrick Amuriat, who had sought to deliver some relief items to victims of the fuel tank inferno at Kyambura Trading Centre in Rubirizi District. The leaders were from Bundibugyo District where they swore in party coordinators on Tuesday.
While the police managed to block Mr Amuriat and Ms Ingrid Turinawe, the party’s mobilisation and organisation secretary, they could not trace Dr Besigye.
According to Dr Besigye’s aide, Mr Ronald Muhinda, police staged a roadblock and searched all vehicles in a bid to find the former presidential candidate and food items that were to be delivered to be fire victims.
“On our way to Rubirizi District to condole with the fuel tank fire victims and families who lost their loved ones, we have been blocked along the Kasese Rubirizi high way. Military, police, LDU, Kifesi women, etc. These goons are so much hurt by our covert activities of Yesterday in Bundibugyo. They only learnt of our presence after we had left,” Ms Turinawe also said.
However, Dr Besigye in the afternoon surfaced in Masori, Kasangati Town Council in Wakiso District to attend the funeral service for Mzee Christopher Kamya Katumwa.
Dr Besigye has previously beaten Police surveillance around his house only to surface in the city centre.
In 2016, he beat a round-the-clock surveillance by Police at his residence in Kasangati, Wakiso District to go about his business. Police had since picking the former presidential candidate from a Kenya Airways plane on October 3, 2016 kept him under “containment” and preventive arrest”. The officers charged with restricting his movements kept vigil at his Kasangati home to prevent him from joining other Opposition leaders for a rally in Bweyogerere, Kira Municipality