Adjekpagbon Blessed Mudiaga
The arrest of Messrs Amama Mbabazi and Kizza Besigye, two candidates aspiring to become Uganda’s president next year, by the current administration in Ugandan is a sad reminder of how many African politicians always want to sit-tight even at the last moment of their breathe.
According to a report today by the British Broadcasting (BBC), “Two leading presidential hopefuls have been arrested in Uganda for organising meetings without police permission.
“Amama Mbabazi was arrested in eastern Jinja town, while Kizza Besigye was detained at his home in the capital. Both are former close allies of President Yoweri Museveni.”
The report also states that unconfirmed sources are of the opinion that Museveni is widely expected to seek re-election next year.
One of the arrested politicians, Mbabazi was quoted to have said last month that he would challenge Museveni, who is now 70 years, by seeking the nomination of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party. Perhaps, that is the reason he is now incarcerated.