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Kizza Besigye: The “world’s most arrested man”

Ugandan politician Kizza Besigye has entered the Guiness World Book of Records as the most arrested man after his latest detention – the 50th – at the hands of the police in Jinja earlier this week.The 63-year old former head of the Forum for Democratic Change party was included in the 66th installment of the record-breakers for 2020.

Kizza  Besigye has been in constant trouble with the Ugandan police for many years including last year when he was arrested multiple times over his relentless political activism against his former boss President Yoweri Museveni.

In past interviews Besigye claimed he was subjected to beatings during some of his detention by the police.

According to the Guinness World Book of Records, Mr Besigye entered the annals of the world’s most arrested individuals last Monday when the police took him away and detained him at the Nalufenya Police Station in the eastern town of Jinja, 81km from the capital Kampala.

He was preparing to address rally of FDC supporters at the Bugembe Stadium in the town when he was whisked away before being freed a few hours later.

His arrest triggered running battles between his supporters and the tear-gas firing police officers, culminating in the deployment of soldiers from the Gadaffi Army Barracks.

According to the Guinness World Book of Records, 30 percent of Besigye’s arrests took place in Uganda’s election year in 2016 when he was detained over 15 times.

Besigye, a physician by profession is a retired military officer of the Uganda People’s Defence Force and worked under President Museveni for several years before the two men fell out.

He formed his FDC party in 2000 and ran for the presidency four times but failed to beat Museveni who had led Uganda since 1986.


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