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Tue Aug 30 13:05:27 SAST 2016

Ugandan presidential challenger Kizza Besigye held by police: reports

AFP | 15 February, 2016 12:45
Uganda's leading opposition presidential candidate Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party campaigns in Jinja industrial town, in eastern Uganda February 12, 2016, ahead of the February 18 presidential election.
Image by: JAMES AKENA / REUTERS

Ugandan police fired tear gas to disperse opposition supporters as they arrested a top presidential challenger, Kizza Besigye, days ahead of presidential polls, reports said.

"The arrest followed chaotic scenes as Besigye campaigned in parts of Kampala," the state-run New Vision newspaper reported, adding that tear gas was fired. The Daily Monitor newspaper reported he was arrested after trying to hold a rally in the centre of the capital, which police blocked.

Besigye, a three-time failed presidential candidate, heads the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party.

He has been repeatedly arrested in the past, and is commonly released without charge hours later.

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