Besigye appears in court, puts Kabale on edge


Opposition leader Kizza Besigye, Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago and others on Monday appeared before Kabale Chief Magistrate Court has adjourned a case in which to answer charges of inciting violence and causing malicious damage.

The others are FDC secretary for mobilisation Ingrid Turinawe, Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa and Imam Makumbi.

ASP Isaac Mugisha, then a member of Police Standards Unit testified against Besigye saying during a political rally in the municipal stadium on July 14, 2012, he told his colleagues to defy police.

Mugisha claimed Besigye and his group were “using words that promoted hatred against the state” and “incited the public to attack police”.

Mugisha further said Besigye’s group wreaked havoc that led to the injuring of four police officers and the destruction of three police vehicles.

The presiding magistrate Moses Ntende Kagoda, however, adjourned the case to August 8th.

The magistrate asked state led by Judith Nyamwiza, the state prosecutor, to being the remaining witnesses on the next hearing.

Speaking to press, Besigye described the allegations against his group as baseless.

He cheered the people of Kabale for still being very strong.

“We are chanting and singing about determination to regain their victory and power.”

Meanwhile, police deployed heavily around the court and in Kabale town to prevent Besigye from causing chaos.

The opposition leader managed to pull crowds, leading a procession across the town.

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