April 29, 2011 / 7:37 PM / in 7 years

Uganda's Besigye leaves for treatment in Kenya

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye flew to Kenya on Friday to seek treatment for injuries received during his arrest on Thursday, opposition and airline officials said.

<p>Uganda's Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader Kizza Besigye (L) talks to anti-riot policemen before his arrest at Kasangati suburb of the capital Kampala, April 11, 2011. REUTERS/Edward Echwalu</p>

Ugandan security officials had earlier blocked him at the airport and prevented him boarding a Kenya Airways plane. Besigye was eventually allowed to board and the flight took off after a delay.

“I can confirm he’s on board. The plane was delayed for over an hour,” said Anne Mugisha, deputy foreign secretary of the opposition party Forum for Democratic Change.

A Kenya Airways official told a reporter at the airport that Besigye was wearing dark glasses, looked ill and was supported by people while boarding the plane.

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