Uganda's opposition leader arrested as election results roll in
Feb 19, Jinja: Uganda’s opposition leader has been released after being arrested by Police on Thursday on charges of criminal trespass. He was arrested just as results started to trickle in from an election that focused on whether the country’s ruler would extend his 30-year grip on power.
Authorities have said that the brief detention of opposition leader Kizza Besigye came at the end of an election day marred by irregularities, including ballots delivered hours late and an apparent shutdown of social media.
The president, Yoweri Museveni, 71, is one of the world’s longest-ruling leaders, a former rebel who has become a key U.S. ally in East Africa, even as security forces under his control have jailed members of the political opposition.
Museveni is widely expected to win a fifth term, extending his power into a fourth decade, since he seized power in 1986.
In Washington, State Department spokesman John Kirby condemned Besigye’s detention.
The Oslo Times