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Security Seize ‘Getaway’ Vehicle

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd August 2001 03:00 AM

SECURITY agencies have impounded a vehicle suspected to have been used by Col. Kizza Besigye to leave the country, sources said yesterday.

By Hamis Kaheru And Emmy Allio SECURITY agencies have impounded a vehicle suspected to have been used by Col. Kizza Besigye to leave the country, sources said yesterday. The sources said the vehicle was impounded in Kapchorwa, eastern Uganda, leading to speculation that Besigye could have crossed to Kenya through the Suam border post. But army spokesman Lt. Col. Phinehas Katirima said, “We don’t know where he is and how he left the country.” Sources said no arrests had been made. They sources refused to give details saying this would endanger the investigation. The source said intelligence agencies were still puzzled about the circumstances under which the former presidential candidate left his house unnoticed. “There are two ways he could have left his house. Either through the rear entrance leading to a path or by being disguised as a woman and leaving his compound in one of the several cars that come to his home on Friday,” said the source. Security sources said they were also studying information that Besigye could be hiding in a relative’s house in Rukungiri. “If it turns out to be the case, then he either intends to come out and claim that he had been kidnapped by us or he is waiting for the dust to settle and then he sneaks out of the country,” the sources said. “But we are not going to search any house because we think it is not effective. We are doing our work in other ways,” they said. Some security sources said they were skeptical about claims by members of Besigye’s family that he disappeared on Friday night. They said he could have been in his house as late as Sunday as he planned to leave. Besigye reportedly visited his farm at Kasangati, on Gayaza Road on Thursday where he introduced a relative to the workers. “Their conversation centred on issues related to the bank account of the farm,” said the source. On Saturday, several friends went to Basigye’s house but were told that he was ill. Ends

Security Seize ‘Getaway’ Vehicle

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