By Ivan Mwine
Veteran politician and four-time presidential contender Col. (Rtd) Dr. Kizza Besigye has Thursday morning been arrested from his residence in Kasangati, Wakiso District, over allegations that he was planning to stage protests against the increasing commodity prices.
A squad of armed anti-riot policemen sealed off Besigye’s home in the morning and after a short standoff managed to brutally arrest him, before they dragged him to a waiting police truck that whisked him off to a yet to be identified police station.
It is not yet clear whether Besigye, a member of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) was rallying up locals to join him in the protest since the police have not yet issued a statement about his arrest or where he is being detained.
However, it should be noted that there is a currently national outcry amongst most Ugandans about the skyrocketing fuel and commodity prices, something that has raised the cost of living.
Members of Parliament, especially those on the opposition have over the past few weeks tried to raise the matter of increasing commodity prices on the flow of parliament but their efforts have proved futile, yet government has not yet come up with an official position about the matter.