Ugandan Opposition Leader Travels To South Africa Despite Police Blockage

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye has left the east African country to attend an International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Conference in South Africa, despite an alleged police ban, said a report on Wednesday.

According to the BBC, Besigye on Tuesday Twitted that he was about to board a Kenya connecting flight where he would take another one to Johannesburg, South Africa.

Besigye was expected to address the ICJ conference which has been slated for November 10, 2016.

This came just a day after reports had indicated that Besigye was forced to call off his trip after police blocked him at his home in Kasangati.

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The long-time opposition leader said that it was “incomprehensible” for authorities to act with such impunity.

However, the police denied the claims, saying that opposition party leaders would “say anything in the media in order to remain relevant”.

Besigye came second in presidential elections that were held in February.

He, however, rejected the official results as fraudulent and called for an international audit of the results, one of the reasons cited for charging him with treason.


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