The minister of state for internal affairs Ambassador James Baba tells off the FDC presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye to denounce defiance campaign in order to regain his freedom. James Baba told parliament chaired by speaker Rebecca Kadaga that police is empowered under the police Act to detect and prevent crime, adding that one doesn’t need to first commit a crime to be detained. He stated that so long as there is a campaign for defiance, the Police has every right to take measures to safeguard the country.
His statement came after MPs led by Kitgum woman member of parliament Beatrice Anywar tasked government to explain under what circumstances and what law is Besigye being denied freedom to leave his home and also the nature of charges against him.
Just met officials of Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC). I asked for end of illegal detention in illegal place. pic.twitter.com/egyjv9U2CP
— Kifefe Kizza-Besigye (@kizzabesigye1) March 10, 2016
Other MPS who include Barnabus Tinkasiimire and Elijah Okupa noted that since the election time, Besigye has not been allowed to leave his house which they claimed is a violation of his rights. The members of parliament said that if Besigye has broken any law he should be charged instead of putting him under house arrest.
The minister said that the IGP Kale Kayihura recently issued a statement explaining police’s actions against Besigye; however, he didn’t table this statement resulting into the speaker ordering him to bring it to parliament.