Saturday, June 15, 2024

Uganda: Besigye Blames House Arrest for 'Losing' 2016 Presidential Petition

Dr. Kizza Besigye has said he would have become the president of Uganda by now had police not kept him under house arrest deterring his movements to legally challenge the election of President Museveni.

The four time presidential candidate made the remarks as he on Monday appeared before the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) Tribunal over the alleged violation of his rights during the 2016 elections.

The former leader of the Forum of Democratic Change (FDC) filed the petition seven years ago challenging his continuous house arrests after the 2016 general election.

The tribunal panel of three commissioners was chaired by the commission chairperson Mariam Wangadya.

In February 2016, police led by then-AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi stormed the FDC party headquarters in Najjanankumbi and arrested Besigye who stood as FDC presidential candidate.

Other three senior party officials including the then party president Mugisha Muntu, Ingrid Turinawe, and Wasswa Birigwa were also apprehended by police at that time.

He said that the four were then bundled into a waiting police van and driven to Nagalama police station where they were jailed.

Besigye was later confined in his home and this; he said denied him a chance to challenge President Museveni’s victory, the reason why he cannot recognise his presidency.

“I still have evidence with me that I defeated President Museveni in the 2016 presidential election,” Besigye told the commission.

He stated that he was treated badly and charged but was not given the opportunity to defend himself or be convicted.

Besigye said that even up to now he cannot enjoy his rights to free movement and assembly, asking for tough penalties against his tormentors and other human rights violators.

“From the time I came from Naggalama, the whole place was surrounded, so they were there all the time. I declare that all these acts violated our rights up to now. This was seven years ago but the treatment I face has not changed,” he told the commission.