Former Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] strongman Dr Kizza Besigye on Wednesday told Nakawa Magistrate’s Court that his life was in danger.
He had appeared on orders of Chief Magistrate James Eremye to be charged with treason and terrorism afresh.
State prosecutor Deborah Itwau sought to prevent Besigye from addressing court claiming that he was instead addressing “a press conference”.
Only a few journalists and city lawyer Shifrah Lukwago had been allowed access with the rest of the public locked outside.
Eremye told Besigye they were only reading him charges and that he would be tried by High Court.
Besigye complained to court that he was being unfairly treated having been arrested in Kampala only to be charged in Moroto district.
He said even the police CID just fabricated evidence against him so that the state can persecute him.
Without explaining how exactly, Besigye told court that his life was in danger at Luzira maximum prison.
While at Moroto police station, Besigye said he was locked up in a room with three doors which were always open, putting his life at risk.
He said some suspicious people would come in at night with unknown intentions.
When he was transferred to Moroto government prison, an inmate was killed in a scuffle over Besigye’s arrival.
Talking to a journalist, Besigye said he feared being poisoned.
FDC said in a statement that at 08:30 am, Besigye’s sister Dr. Olive Kobusingye was near court but by the time she entered court at 08:40, he had been taken away.
“Many of our officials are surrounded by military and Police this morning. Ingrid Turinawe, Micheal Kabiziguruka MP, Nakawa and many others,” the party said.
FDC preacher Doreen Nyanjura says Besigye was locked in a metallic cage with very heavy padlocks while he was still handcuffed.
“Several mambas and military tanks act as lead cars, KB’s ‘prison’ follows and then behind his ‘prison’ several military and police trucks follow,” she says.
He was today driven back to Luzira prison in a security convoy.