April 29, 2011 / 4:36 PM / 8 years ago

Uganda's Besigye stopped from flying to Kenya

KAMPALA, April 29 (Reuters) - Ugandan security officials prevented opposition leader Kizza Besigye from boarding a plane to Kenya on Friday to seek treatment for injuries received during his arrest on Thursday.

“Plainclothes men have blocked him from leaving. We don’t know why. They are threatening him with arrest if he does not leave (the airport),” said Anne Mugisha, deputy foreign secretary of the opposition party Forum for Democratic Change. She said the plane Besigye had been due to board left for Nairobi without him.

“I’ve not inquired, but my guess is that he’s on bail from court so that could complicate his travel,” Acting Information Minister Daudi Migereko told Reuters.

Reporting by Barry Malone and Elias Biryabarema; Editing by David Clarke

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