It’s now “ILLEGAL” to WALK-TO-WORK in Uganda
Dr. Kizza Besigye was again humiliated. Picked like a potato bag and thrown into the back of a police pick for the nth time. Reason; walking to work on foot.
The former Presidential candidate and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president was intercepted in Kitetika at about 7:40 am as he joined nation in walking to work protesting the rising food and fuel prices.
Besigye said that he was walking to church for prayers before continuing to his office in Najjanankumbi , a Kampala suburb which hosts FDC’s headquarters.
As he’s normally, Besigye wore a confident and defiant face as he tried to shove himself through a ring of up to 10 Anti-Riot Policemen.
On several occasions, he tried to break the ring lose but failed. The former presidential candidate then decided to sit on the road. Still the ring didn’t loosen. The police stayed close and mean.
It was extremely hard to get a picture of him seated. But it made good composition for us photographers. Like was always do, we “fought” with the police till some meaningful shots were made.
As the Besigye resistance continued, residents of Kitetika kept playing hide and seek with police as they blocked the roads with huge stones and timber rendering it impassable.
After about 2 hours of sitting, Dr. Kizza Besigye was forcefully arrested, lifted of the grounded and thrown on to the back of a waiting Ant-Corruption Police Van where he was fiercely driven to Kasangati Police Station.
The station is about a kilometer from his home.
He was held at the police station for about 6 hours and released on non-cash bail of Shs. 10 million before being paraded at the Nangabo Court in Gayaza from where he was charged with inciting violence and failure to comply with lawful orders which he denied.
Besigye then addressed an ecstatic crowd outside the court before walking back home. But Police was not happy with the huge crowd that escorted the Col. And fired several rounds of teargas to disperse the crowd.
It’s here that I captured an unlikely portrait of Besigye wearing swimming goggles. A good end to a day where he promised to walk again to work tomorrow (Tuesday April 12, 2011)