Photos: Besigye, police in Kasese Tom & Jerry chase

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A policeman questioning Besigye why he is in Kasese town [Photo credit: Ronald Muhinda]

The entire Wednesday afternoon was characterised by a Tom and Jerry [cat and mouse] chase between opposition figure Kizza Besigye and Uganda police force.

The Kasese town skit stretched on into the night, according to details Besigye aide, Ronald Muhinda, shared with edge.ug.

Besigye entered Kasese incognito Wednesday where he had gone to bury Atkins Katusabe’s mother, Nyabisika Victoria Nzyabake, in Bwera.

Atkins Katusabe is the Member of Parliament for Bukonzo West.

Besigye walks away from cops

According to Muhinda, the moment security learnt of Besigye’s presence in the district, they started following him everywhere.

“The Police stopped his unknown vehicle and asked to know his programme in the district,” Muhinda explained.

The police officer reportedly told Besigye that the situation in Kasese is fragile and that “your presence is a security threat”. Besigye only smiled back.

Muhinda said twice, police blocked Besigye from going to Kasese in 2018.

He said yet President Museveni’s brother Gen Salim Saleh has been in Kasese for over a month “trying to undermine or compromise FDC leadership”.

Saleh was mediating talks between government and Rwenzururu Kingdom whose King Wesley Mumbere has been in and out of court over treason charges.

Chase

Muhinda told edge.ug that police deployed two pickup trucks to follow Besigye.

Policemen were seen walking step by step with Besigye until he entered a home of a resident.

Officers then took positions in the compound and waited for the opposition figure.

When Besigye once again got onto the road, he sped off and “disappeared” around Mubuku.

Lusanja victims

On Wednesday, some of the evicted persons from Lusanja met Besigye and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago at Katonga Road offices for a brief engagement on how to pursue justice following eviction from their land.

“The people’s government” has been providing legal services for the evicted people through Lukwago and Company Advocates.

Celebrated city lawyer Kiwanuka Abdallah who is leading a team of lawyers recently secured a court ruling indicating the eviction was illegal.

Besigye helped to establish sanitary facilities in Lusanja after their homes were demolished and only provided with tents to live in.

The efforts are part of the wider My Land My Life Campaign, whose main objective was to pressure government to: put a moratorium on all large scale land acquisition until there is acceptable land reforms in Uganda, establish legal status and analysis of land in Uganda, eradicate corruption in the lands sector and sensitise masses on their land rights.

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