, KAMPALA, Jan 26 – Ugandan police said Saturday they arrested leading opposition politician Kizza Besigye over plans to restart anti-government demonstrations in Kampala.
“Following attempts to unlawfully assemble and carry out riotous demonstrations .. Kizza Besigye has been arrested this morning,” a statement said.
The police said Besigye was charged with “refusal to obey lawful orders” and was being held at a Kampala police station along with Kampala mayor Elias Lukwago.
Opposition coalition group For God and My Country (4GC) announced plans last week to launch fresh protest events, despite attempts by the government to ban the organisation.
Protests over rising living costs in 2011 led to a brutal clampdown by security forces that left at least 10 people dead across the country.
Besigye, a former presidential challenger and leader of main opposition party Forum for Democratic Change, has been detained repeatedly as he has attempted to restart opposition demonstrations.