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Uganda’s opposition leader eludes arrest by police 

BY Tom Mugisha, tom.mugisha@alleastafrica.com

KAMPALA – Uganda’s opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye has evaded police arrest after he escaped from police officers who had waylaid him in the northern town of Gulu.

Police had blocked him from holding a rally to campaign for the Forum Democratic Change party presidential candidate Mr Patrick Amuriat.

Dr Besigye, formerly the FDC president is campaigning for Amuriat who wants to become the third president.

Besigye, who has contested four times but lost to President Museveni, had been held static in his car for nearly three hours since 3:00pm by armed riot police officers who also blocked his car with a police firefighting truck and police patrol pickup.

After running battles between police and the Besigye supporters, police decided to move and arrest him.

Police led by the acting Aswa Regional Police Commander, Mr Osteen Wanyama had failed to convince him to leave the rally venue. Dr Besigye locked himself in his car refusing to talk to Mr Wanyama.

Wanyama and other police officers decided to tow Besigye’s car to Gulu Central Police Station to record a statement but he realized [Besigye] wasn’t in the car.

The mysterious disappearance of Dr Besigye of prompted a frantic pursuit of Mr Amuriat’s car that had left a few minutes earlier.

The FDC publicity secretary for North Mr Kelly Komakech said police failed to trace the route Besigye used to escpae.

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