Uganda arrests opposition leader

2012-03-21 17:31
Kampala - Ugandan police arrested opposition leader Kizza Besigye on Wednesday in connection with the killing of a police officer who died during a riot in Kampala earlier in the day, a police spokesperson said.

The policeman was hit by a rock after police had intervened to disperse a crowd that had gathered in the capital where Kampala's mayor and opposition politicians were meeting, including Besigye, police said.

"Uganda police force regretfully confirms that a police officer was killed in a violent procession at Kampala this afternoon," Judith Nabakooba, the deputy police spokesperson said.

"We have arrested 16 suspects including Besigye. They're being held at various police stations in Kampala and they will be produced in court at an appropriate time," she told reporters.

Besigye, who has lost three elections to President Yoweri Museveni including the latest round in February last year, has since then been repeatedly arrested for leading protests over high food and fuel prices in the east African country.
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