Uganda Detains Opposition Chief in Remote District, Monitor Says

Uganda is detaining opposition leader Kizza Besigye in Moroto district, 460 kilometers (280 miles) northeast of the capital, after his protest earlier this week against the inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni, Daily Monitor newspaper reported.

Besigye, who maintains he won the Feb. 18 presidential elections, and held his own swearing in ceremony on Wednesday, was transferred from the capital, Kampala, the Monitor reported, citing Sam Nangilo, chairman of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change party in Moroto. Police spokesman Fred Enanga declined to give details about Besigye’s detention, it said.

Moroto is part of the Karamoja region, where British colonialists detained Ugandan pro-independence leaders in the 1950s, the paper said.

Museveni, 71, who has ruled Africa’s biggest coffee exporter since January 1986, took a vow of office on Thursday amid tight security in Kampala at a ceremony attended by veteran African leaders including Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir Bashir.

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