Ugandan opposition leader under house arrest

Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye

Uganda’s opposition strongman Dr Kizza Besigye, is now under house arrest following an order by Ugandan authorities.

This comes as he was found in an attempt to rally locals to protest the high cost of living.

Before his arrest, Besigye had called out Museveni’s regime for allegedly tolerating corruption and the embezzlement of funds meant for economic development.

The People’s Transition Group leader attempted to leave his home in Kasangati, Central Uganda, but was stopped by police men.

In a second attempt, while using a different route, Besigye found a road blockaded by armed police men.

Reports say that more officers were soon after deployed to Besigye’s residence to ensure that he did not leave the premises.

The four-time presidential contender likewise urged the Ugandan administration to downsize Parliament and get rid of Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) whose roles, he says, can be carried out by Chief Administrative officers.

We now have a cassava republic and a bread republic. We should get this money back so that the cassava republic can get something to eat,” he said.

The RDCs should go back home and grow cassava so that there can be enough cassava in the market that can be bought by members of cassava republic.”

According to Besigye, Uganda’s economic position is so bad that even police officers are colluding with criminals just to make ends meet.

Here in Kasangati, some police officers connive with thieves to steal license plates from cars. The people who steal even leave behind their telephone numbers and when you contact them, they ask for Shs100,000. This is how bad the situation is,” he said.

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