Ugandan police clash with opposition supporters as presidential poll nears
Ugandan police have fought running battles with supporters of opposition leader Kizza Besigye in Kampala, in the worst outbreak of violence yet during campaigning for Thursday’s presidential election.
Several people were wounded on Monday as police fired bullets and tear gas while opposition supporters hurled rocks and erected street barricades in the capital’s Wandegeya suburb, witnesses said.
“I have seen people shot although we’re yet to know how many exactly,” said Ingrid Turinawe, a senior official from Mr Besigye’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party.
“Many people (were) on the road bleeding, the situation is still very tense.”
Several opposition supporters were arrested on Monday, said a Reuters photographer who also saw one person passed out in a large pool of blood, either dead or critically wounded.
Hours earlier, police briefly detained Mr Besigye.
Mr Besigye is expected to be one of two main election challengers to veteran leader Yoweri Museveni, who will attempt to extend a 30-year hold on power that his opponents say has been increasingly underpinned by state intimidation and rampant corruption.
Witnesses said streets were calmer in the evening but the violence has fuelled tensions before the February 18 election, which Mr Besigye and six other candidates will contest alongside Mr Museveni.
i dont care how good you are..over 30 years in power is to long..but what will replace him if he loses?
check out besigyes poster..look familiar?..i think we know who is backing him eh?
“Besigye opposed the re-introduction of the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill into the 9th Parliament of Uganda by back bench MP David Bahati. Besigye’s support of gay rights was a contentious issue in Uganda where homosexuality was already criminal as per the Ugandan Penal Code (Gender References Amendment Act).”
that makes him very supportable in the west..