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..


~ by seeker401 on February 17, 2016.

3 Responses to “Ugandan police clash with opposition supporters as presidential poll nears”

  1. Uganda election: Old guard tries new tactics

  2. Uganda leader Museveni declared winner

    Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni extended his 30-year grip on power Saturday after the election commission declared him the winner despite an outcry from the opposition.

    Preliminary figures showed the incumbent with 62% compared to 34% for his closest competitor, opposition leader Kizza Besigye. But Besigye’s party, the Forum for Democratic Change, rejected the results and demanded an independent audit of the elections.

    Besigye is under house arrest, with no one is allowed in or out to see him.

    Elections officials are scheduled to announce the final results sometime later this weekend.

    The country had a voter turnout of 63%, according to the election commission.

  3. Uganda opposition leader back in police custody

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