Police blocks Besigye land campaign launch in Nakaseke

Kizza Besigye
Dr Kizza Besigye addressing journalists and the residents of Wobulenzi town after Police blocked him from proceeding to Kyamutakasa trading center in Nakaseke. Courtesy Photo.

The Former Presidential Candidate for Forum for Democratic Change Party, Dr. Kizza Besigye has been blocked from traveling to Kyamutakasa trading center where he was to launch a campaign on land.

Doctor Kizza Besigye could not be allowed beyond  Timuna trading center in Nakaseke Sub County. Besiagye planned to meet over 300 tenants who are accuse Spa Financial Services limited of securing a lease on their land.

Spa Financial Services Limited allegedly secured a lease of 530 acres from Nakaske District and fenced off some pieces of land occupied by tenants for farming.

Besigye had been accompanied by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Kampala MPs Moses Kasibante, Allan Ssewanyana, Mubarak Munyagwa and FDC officials.

But anti-riot police commanded by Savannah Regional Police Commander,  Edward Kyaligonza blocked him from proceeding to the venue saying the Party Officials didn’t notify Police in time.

FDC officials tried to engage Police to allow Besigye to address the people in vain. Police ordered him to return to Kampala.

Besigye instead retreated to Wobulenzi town council in Luweero where he briefly addressed a gathering before he was forced to drive back to Kampala by Police.

Besigye said Police was being used by land grabbers to block him from sensitizing masses about the land law and their rights.

He added that land grabbing was no longer a party issue but a threat to all Ugandans and they should wake up to defend their rights.

Besigye also asked Ugandans to reject Government attempts to amend Article 26 of the Constitution, which guarantees the right to property and provides that no person shall be deprived of their property without prompt and adequate compensation.

The affected tenants lead by Samuel Kibirango says they have sought redress from Parliament of Uganda and office of the President in vain.

Kibirango warns that they may resort to violence if President Museveni doesn’t stop eviction.

Another resident Jimmy Mukasa said they were ready to confront land grabbers if government has failed to protect them from evictions.

– Uganda Radio Network