Besigye defies court, says Kavuma can’t stop demo

Kizza Besigye

Kizza Besigye

Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] strongman, Kizza Besigye, has defied a court order banning his defiance campaign and related activities.

Court of Appeal Justice Steven Kavuma on Friday said they had acquired an interim injunction from constitutional court stopping all FDC activities including processions, demonstrations like the one scheduled for May 5 and the planned inauguration of Besigye as president on May 12.

Addressing media at his home in Kasangati on Saturday, Besigye he has not received a formal document from the court but after receiving the ruling, him will announce the next move on Monday.

“I have called this press conference due to the pressure from the media and the public and true they have to be updated.”

Besigye started by attacking Justice Besigye Kavuma who he accused of violating the national slogan of “For God and My Country” by banning prayers.

“I don’t know whether it’s going to become for “Kavuma and my country,” the retired colonel said.

He maintained that the effect of Kavuma’s ruling is to curtail all Ugandans and Besigye in particular from exercising their rights.

He also attacked the deputy chief justice for halting all cases filed by him [Besigye] allowing police to return to his Kasangati home in Wakiso district after long months of an “illegal” siege.

“Imagine how someone in 2016 bans prayers plus media briefings…this ruling is an injustice and it is one of the illegalities I am ready to defy.”

Besigye reaffirmed that the May 5th national demonstration arrangements are still on and citizens should get official communication from FDC not courts of law.

“We contended Museveni’s victory with reasons to challenge it; however, I wasn’t given a chance to petition in courts that are why the court has become Museveni.”

He said the country was in a constitutional crisis and when former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi petitioned, FDC didn’t petition so it implies Museveni is not concussively elected president, not until Besigye is given an opportunity to challenge his victory.

“Justice Kavuma should know that the constitution he is violating…I was part of its making.”

Besigye said he was happy with remarks made by Retired Justice Tsekooko who accused the judiciary of becoming an “NRM court”.

In an interview with Saturday Monitor at his home in Naguru suburb on Thursday, Justice Wilson Tsekooko, a senior legal consultant with a Kampala law firm Waluku and Mooli Advocates NRM cadre judges of undermining the integrity and independence of Uganda’s judiciary.

The “cadre judges” who are allied to government, according to Tsekooko, first consult some politicians when they have cases with political implications to get a shape of the ruling.

He said this situation is undermining the integrity of Uganda’s judiciary, once acclaimed as one of the most independent in Commonwealth Africa.

In 2001 and 2006, Justice Tsekooko was among the minority judges that allowed Besigye’s petition (annulled Museveni’s victory) and called for fresh elections.

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