Ugandan opposition leader 'blocked from travelling to SA'

2016-11-08 16:08
Kizza Besigye (File: AFP)

Kizza Besigye (File: AFP)

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Kampala – Ugandan police have been accused of blocking opposition party leader Kizza Besigye from travelling to South Africa where he was expected to speak at the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Conference.

According to the Daily Monitor, Besigye was forced to call off his trip after police blocked him at his home in Kasangati.

He was supposedly going to catch a flight from the Entebbe International Airport for Johannesburg in order to attend the ICJ conference which has been slated for November 10, 2016.

The long time opposition leader said that it was "incomprehensible" for authorities to act with such impunity. 

"It is just annoying and simply incomprehensible that people can just act with impunity, if they want to detain me at least they should give me food," Besigye was quoted as saying.

However, the police denied the claims, saying that opposition party leaders would "say anything in the media in order to remain relevant".

Besigye came second in presidential elections that were held in February. He, however, rejected the official results as fraudulent and called for an international audit of the results, one of the reasons cited for charging him with treason.

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