Fred Kato, the hardnosed driver of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag bearer Dr Warren Kizza Besigye has been arrested at the Buganda Road Magistrate’s court.
Sources told the EagleOnline that Kato, who has been out on bail, had gone to report to court and found when the courtroom he was supposed to appear before had been changed. In the confusion, the source said, Kato was unable to locate where to report.
“They changed the courtroom and he was unaware… so by the time he realized the right room an arrest warrant had already been issued. They just nabbed him,” the source said on condition of anonymity.
In May last year Mr Kato was arrested for reckless driving after a cat and mouse chase with police at a time Dr Besigye started a campaign he described as ‘reforms before elections’.
Subsequently, Mr Kato was produced before the Buganda Road Magistrates Court and was released on a Shs 400.000 bail, paid by FDC head of Mobilisation, Ingrid Turinawe.
No details were given for Kato’s arrest today, and efforts to get comment from the judiciary on the alleged abrupt change of courtroom were futile by press time.
Meanwhile, FDC youth leader Moses Byamugisha has said the arrest of Mr Kato was aimed at disrupting Dr Besigye’s campaign schedule.
“This is being done to slow Besigye’s ability to penetrate the remaining villages but we have ‘Plan B and C’ to win by defiance,” byamugisha posted on his Facebook page.