Uganda Police has on Wednesday December 12, 2019 blocked the former president of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Dr. Kizza Besigye from leading an anti-corruption march in competition with one organized by the president.
Besigye’s team were planning a walk similar to that being organised by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit where the chief walker is President Yoweri Museveni.
Preliminary plans by Dr Besigye indicate that the walk would start from his office at Katonga Road to the Constitution Square. However, Police on Wednesday morning besieged Besigye’s home in Kasangati in order to deny him way to the venue where his parallel anti-corruption walk was supposed to take place.
According to Patrick Onyango the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, the opposition was planning to create chaos in Kampala, the capital.
“They were planning to cause chaos in the city,” said Onyango. Besigye “is at home and he is not under any form of arrest,” said Onyango.
Besigye had been driving to the place where the anti-corruption walk was supposed to start when police stopped him and forcefully returned him to his home, which is still under police guard.
Earlier, Besigye criticized Museveni for leading a government march against corruption.
“He cannot be pretending to fight corruption because he is at the apex of state corruption in Uganda,” Besigye said of Museveni.
After the walk, Museveni told government officials to recruit public servants based on their integrity.
According to Transparency International’s 2018 rankings, Uganda is 149th of 175 countries for corruption.