Ugandan senior opposition leader Kizza Besigye has on Thursday been arrested while on a radio interview.
Besigye was arrested while giving a radio interview on a local station called Mubembe FM.
Consequently, the local station was switched off.
It is reported that a few minutes to the talk show, police personnel under the command of Mubende District Police Mr Martin Okoyo descended on the station and pulled Dr Besigye from the studio.
The talk show Minzani is aired between 10am to 11am.
Announcing his arrest on social media, Besigye noted: “After 10 mins on air, via 106 Mubende FM Radio, the Station was surrounded by heavily armed police officers and switched off from the mast!
“This is a repeat of what happened in Kabale and Jinja. In Mbarara, we couldn’t even get to the radio. We’re still inside,” he added.
After 10mins on air, via 106 Mubende Fm Radio, the Station was sorrounded by heavily armed police offrs &switched off from the mast!
— Kifefe Kizza-Besigye (@kizzabesigye1) April 18, 2019
The Forum Democratic Change (FDC) president Patrick Amuriat told the media: “When the talk show started and Col Besigye greeted the listeners, the police and the RDC Ms Mary Nyakwela stormed the station and ordered that the talk show be stopped.”
It is claimed that the authorities were seeking to arrest him last week but were unsuccessful.
Besigye is noted to have managed to evade the police while in Jinja.