Presidential candidates in Uganda are organizing final rallies to appeal one last time to voters before the country’s presidential elections.
This Thursday, Ugandan voters will vote to either elect the opposition leader or give the sitting President Yoweri Museveni a fifth term in office.
The opposition candidate will be the first and new leader to ever be elected since 1986 if he wins the elections.
President Museveni came into power in a coup and won both the 2006 and 2011 elections. Some observers have speculated the wins to be attributed to irregularities and intimidation of the opposition parties.
Ugandan police while campaigning in Kampala on Monday detained the opposition candidate Kizza Besigye.
“Yeah, we were together and actually we finished the first rally which was carried out there, and then we left to go to the convoy and then we had another rally but we were blocked, and they had to tear gas us, which wasn’t called for because he’s a candidate like any other people.” One of Besigye’s lawyers, Lukwago Shifrah said.
After Besigye was released, his supporters and police faced off in Kampala, as supporters waited for him to make an appearance at Makerere University. Some supporters threw stones and police fired tear gas canisters to dispense the crowds, Jill Craig of VOA noted.
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