Uganda Opposition Leader Barred From Flight Home

Published on Wednesday 11th May 2011

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been blocked from re-entering the country, one day before President Yoweri Museveni will be inaugurated for his fourth term.In Nairobi Wednesday, Besigye was barred from boarding a Kenya Airways flight bound for Uganda. The airline said it blocked Besigye because it had received information the plane would not be allowed to land at Entebbe International Airport with him on board.The Ugandan government denies it interfered with the opposition leader's trip.  There are reports Besigye will be allowed to return to Uganda either late Wednesday or early Thursday. Besigye has been in Nairobi receiving medical treatment for injuries he suffered at the hands of Ugandan police.  Police have repeatedly used force to break up protests Besigye led against high food and fuel prices.At least eight people have been killed and more than 250 wounded during several weeks of opposition protests.  Museveni has defended the actions of security forces and vowed to stop the demonstrations.  He blames Uganda's inflation on drought and rising oil prices.The opposition leader has been arrested four times since the beginning of April.  He told reporters at the Nairobi airport Wednesday that the protests will continue whether or not he is in Uganda.Besigye lost the 2001, 2006 and 2011 presidential elections to Museveni, who has ruled Uganda for a quarter-century.


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