The leader of Uganda’s opposition Dr. Kizza Besigye returned to Kampala from medical treatment in Kenya on the day his arch-rival, President Yoweri Museveni, was sworn in for a fourth term.
Besigye had been injured during anti-governmemt protests, and thousands turned out to greet him before police dispresed them, firing tear gas.
it appeared the police had received orders to allow the march because several African leaders were in Kampala for Museveni’s swearing-in ceremony. Some of them had to make their way past the crowds after the ceremony to get to Entebbe airport, and one of them, Nigeria’s Goodluck Johnathon, found himself surrounded by people who began stoning his car.
Ugandan soldiers then opened fire, killing at least one person.
Besigye alleges the February elections were rigged in Museveni’s favour, although he only managed to get half of Museveni’s votes. Museveni has been in power since 1986. Before that Besigye had been Museveni’s personal physician in the early 1980s, and had a role in his first governments, but fell out with him 10 years ago.