Police have bundled away Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye after he allegedly tried to leave his house, lawyer of the major opposition leader has confirmed.
Winnie Byanyima, wife of Besigye, likened outside of their home in Kampala with a “military barracks”.
Mr Besigye’s movement has been restricted since Friday night as he was kept under house arrest, and police have filled the contender’s home since then.
Kizza Besigye had dismissed the result of Thursday’s elections, in which President Yoweri Museveni won a fifth term in office – extending his 30-year-rule.
He had sworn to go to the Electoral Commission headquarters this morning to demand for a copy of the declaration of the results from last Thursday’s elections.
However police presence in both his home and at the Electoral Commission offices have cut short his plans.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, speaking on the latest arrest this morning, told BBC that his principal competitor was seized by the police last week and kept under house arrest because he “wanted to incite violence”.
He also added that Kizza planned on announcing his own set of results from last week’s presidential election.
Mr Museveni said that one of his other opposition rivals, Amama Mbabazi, is also being watched by police as he is conspiring with Mr Besigye.
He then railed at observers’ comments that the election was ruined by several shortcomings. He described the comments as non-factual.
According to him:
Those European [observers] are not serious.
He then said Uganda as a country doesn’t believe in the theory of limited terms of leadership as long as you can do better than your opponent.
In his words:
We don’t accept the logic of term limits.
When asked about whether rulers should lead forever.
Mr Museveni said:
The issue is not about being there forever. The people are free to vote leaders out of power.
Then he added:
Africa’s got a lot of problems. We need all the leadership resources to be available so that they can contribute.
Ex President of Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is currently the head of Commonwealth election observer mission to Uganda, has urged everybody involved to avoid trouble because of the result of the Ugandan election.
He asked for all political leaders to have their free movement bestowed back to them, though he did not name opposition leader Kizza Besigye.
He also revealed that irregularities in the electoral process “had spoilt the credibility of elections,” but stressed that parties should solve their differences by holding reasonable talks and not by conflict.
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