Opposition To Petition International Aviation Body Over Besigye Arrest

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Besigye, who returned into the country on Monday morning after a months trip to the United States and the United Kingdom, was arrested by security officers, shortly after he disembarked from a Kenya Airways flight.

The Opposition in Parliament has instructed the Shadow Attorney General, Wilfred Niwagaba to petition the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over the manner in which Dr. Kizza Besigye was arrested in Entebbe.

Besigye, who returned into the country on Monday morning after a month's trip to the United States and the United Kingdom, was arrested by security officers, shortly after he disembarked from a Kenya Airways flight.
 
The former FDC party leader and four-time presidential candidate was immediately driven off in a police vehicle to his residence in Kasangati, outside Kampala.
 
Addressing the media at Parliament today, several opposition MPs condemned the actions of the police, also turning their guns on Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for allowing the security of a passenger to be compromised by state operatives.
 
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Yesterday, Besigye revealed that he was arrested by individuals dressed in CAA reflector jackets and driven off the runway towards the Old Airport in a CAA vehicle.
 
Vianney Luggya, CAA Deputy spokesperson, however, denied the allegations. In a phone interview with URN, Luggya clarified that as an international requirement, any person who accesses the runway must wear a CAA-branded reflector jacket.
 
"While the reflector jackets are labeled with CAA, it does not imply that those adorning them are CAA staff. No staff of ours was involved in the arrest of Besigye and neither were any of our cars used," Luggya explained on phone.
 
Kasese Municipality MP Robert Centenary says Besigye's arrest was carried out by well-trained security personnel, disguised as CAA officials to ward off suspicion from witnesses
 
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Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza says the state must respect the rights of every citizen, including Besigye, who has been continually harassed.
 
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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.