Friday 24 February 2017

Uganda election opposition candidate arrested on polling day

Kizza Besigye cleans his hands after casting his vote at his polling station near his country home in Rukungiri (AP)
Kizza Besigye cleans his hands after casting his vote at his polling station near his country home in Rukungiri (AP)

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been arrested in the capital Kampala on election day, his aide has claimed.

Shawn Muburi, who is in charge of communications for the Forum for Democratic Change party, said Mr Besigye was arrested late on Thursday in the suburb of Naguru, where he had gone to investigate alleged ballot stuffing in a house run by the intelligence agencies.

He said Mr Besigye was arrested and taken to an unknown location.

The police did not respond to requests for comment.

Mr Besigye is Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni's main challenger in the polls.

Press Association

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