In Summary
  • Trouble started after security personnel blocked a planned assembly of FDC at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole.
  • Heavily armed police and military officers cordoned off the stadium prompting angered the FDC party members to march to their party headquarters down the busy Kampala-Jinja highway.
  • To break up the crowds, police used tear gas, water cannon and live bullets resulting ito running battles.

An unspecified number of Uganda opposition supporters are in police custody following a scuffle with police in the capital Kampala on Monday morning.

Trouble started after security personnel blocked a planned assembly of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole.

Heavily armed police and military officers cordoned off the stadium prompting the angered FDC party members to march to their party headquarters down the busy Kampala-Jinja highway.

MELEE

To break up the crowds, police used tear gas, water cannon and live bullets resulting to running battles.

Dr Kizza Besigye waves to the crowd atop his sunroof as police use a water canon to force him out. PHOTO | RONALD MUHINDA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The melee saw Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda arrested but he vanished.

Dr Kizza Besigye, the former FDC party president, continued waving to the crowd atop his sunroof before police blocked his car and later towed it to Naggalama Police Station.

However, some of the chains used to tow Besigye’s car broke as the crowd cheered the four-time presidential candidate.

Police officers blocked Dr Besigye before arresting him. Photo by Arthur Wadero

Police block blocked Dr Kizza Besigye's car in Kampala before towing it to Naggalama Police Station. PHOTO | ARTHUR WADERO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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