Uganda Police Detain Opposition Head After Six-Week House ArrestFred Ojambo
Ugandan police seized the main opposition’s former presidential candidate after he traveled into the capital for the first time since being put under house arrest in the wake of elections more than six weeks ago.
Kizza Besigye, who came second to President Yoweri Museveni in the Feb. 18 vote, was traveling Tuesday to a prayer service at his party headquarters in Kampala when his car was intercepted. A live broadcast on NBS Television showed Besigye in the vehicle being towed by police, amid heavy security.
The police will give details on the incident later Tuesday, Patrick Onyango, spokesman for the Kampala force, said by phone.
Museveni, 71, who’s ruled Africa’s biggest coffee exporter since January 1986, won another five-year term with 61 percent of ballots, according to the Electoral Commission. Besigye, who came second with 35 percent, was among four of Museveni’s seven challengers who rejected the results.