Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

BUSINESS DAILY

Italy determined to stick to budget plan despite EU warnings

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Journalist Sofia Amara on meeting IS group leader's ex-wife and daughter

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Inside the mind of Bashar al-Assad: Author explores brutal dictatorship

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Dancing nuns, skateboarding in Nepal, and more

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Cameroon elections: Constitutional court rejects last petition for re-run

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Music stars, French art and a dead cat's renaissance

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The Khashoggi case; Endless Brexit; Canada legalises cannabis

Read more

#TECH 24

Next stop space: Japanese company constructing nanotube 'space lift'

Read more

#THE 51%

The Gender Divide: Record number of women running in U.S. midterms

Read more

Africa

Uganda police arrest opposition leader Besigye on murder charges

© Gael Grilhot, AFP | Kizza Besigye flashes the 'V-sign' on July 13, 2016 in the streets of Kampala on his way to a press conference a day after he was granted bail in his treason trial.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-10-20

Ugandan police have detained the country's most prominent opposition leader over allegations of attempted murder.

Police spokesman Asan Kasingye said Friday that four-time presidential candidate Kizza Besigye is being held in the capital, Kampala, following violent clashes Wednesday between police and opposition supporters in a remote southwestern town.

Kasingye says Besigye will be produced in court to face charges of attempted murder, but he gives no details.

Political tensions are rising in the East African nation over efforts by government-backed lawmakers to extend the longtime president's time in office.

Police prevented hundreds of opposition supporters Wednesday from accessing a stadium in Rukungiri where Besigye was scheduled to speak, leading to violent clashes.

Kasingye confirmed one person was killed in the clashes, although Besigye's party said police shot dead two people.

(AP)

Date created : 2017-10-20

  • UGANDA

    Uganda’s Museveni wins election, opposition cries foul

    Read more

  • UGANDA

    Ugandan police arrest opposition leader following presidential election

    Read more

  • EYE ON AFRICA

    Ugandan police detain Besigye as President Museveni takes poll lead

    Read more

COMMENT(S)