For the third time in less than than two weeks Uganda’s leading opposition figure Kizza Besigye has been arrested for leading demonstrations against rising prices.
Troops fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who had gathered for a fourth round of protests in Kampala, the capital, before bundling Besigye into a police van and taking him away. Food and fuel prices have risen in the East African region over the past few weeks, but President Yoweri Museveni blames rising inflation on a drought and rising oil prices.
In court the judge ordered Besigye’s detention until next Wednesday.
“The institutions of government are really on trial, not myself. I think the police, the court are on trial, as to whether the institutions of government can act in the interest of the citizens of this country,” said Besigye.
President Museveni, in power since 1986, beat Besigye at the ballot box in February, then warned him he would not be allowed to lead any demonstrations. Similar protests were held in Kenya this week.