Zaina Fatuma, a member of the Forum for Democratic Change’s (FDC) National Executive Committee, was stripped and manhandled while being arrested by police at Kanyaryeru in Kiruhura.
The police had blocked the party’s presidential flag-bearer Dr. Kizza Besigye along the Masaka-Mbarara highway from proceeding to Rukungiri where he was expected to hold a rally.
The party members were ambushed by police, roughed up and detained for hours by General Kale Kayihura’s police forces.
Besigye who was moving in a convoy with a number of party officials was later carted off to Kaguta Road Police station in Kiruhura district where he was interrogated. Others including lawmakers Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, Paul Mwiru, Geoffrey Ekanya, Patrick Amuriat and FDC Party Chairman Wasswa Birigwa were also arrested.
Some of those arrested were reportedly released only after the intervention of foreign diplomats who are closely monitoring the rapidly deteriorating political situation in Uganda.
Fatuma’s pictures quickly spread like wild fire on social media and sparked anger against the police from both the opposition and human rights defenders.
Ugandans expressed fear over what lies ahead as the country moves closer to the 2016 presidential election.