Uganda’s police briefly arrested a prominent opposition activist, Kizza Besigye, and have since restricted his movements, according to deputy police spokesman Patrick Onyango.
Onyango said police took the opposition leader into custody briefly to prevent him from plunging the country in chaos. He said the restrictions on Besigye’s movements applied especially in the business district of the capital, Kampala.
“We received intelligence information that he was planning to go to Kampala city to incite people to violence,” said Onyango. “He wanted to incite the traders to cause more violence, to disrupt the peace that was in the city. So we had to come because he was planning to go and commit a crime in the city.”
But opposition groups say Besigye wanted to show solidarity with striking business owners in Kampala. The business owners closed their shops Tuesday to protest against a new government tax increase on imported goods.
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