The country will be observing the 50th anniversary of its independence Tuesday, but Besigye said it's no cause for celebration, Voice of America reported.
"... Considering that the majority of Ugandans are in a desperate condition and the country has been mismanaged for 50 years, we say that rather than celebrating we should mark the 50th anniversary in mourning. And we asked all those people who are in bad desperate condition to put on black and again show our dissatisfaction by walking on foot rather than using vehicles," he said Thursday.
Besigye said though he has not called for a procession or assemblage of any sort police have arrested him twice this week without telling him the cause. He speculated the government is making preventive arrests of opposition figures to prevent them from entering Kampala during the planned celebrations.
"You must show cause why you violently arrested me. Obviously there is no crime that we have committed by moving around peacefully," he said.
Senior presidential adviser Kirunda Kivejinja accused the opposition of holding violent gatherings in an effort to disrupt commercial activity in the city, VOA reported.
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