Kabale Chief Magistrate, Agatonica Mbabazi has issued arrest warrants for political activists in the For God and my Country (4GC) activism group.
The magistrate issued the warrants for FDC flag-bearer Kizza Besigye and embattled Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago because the suspects failed to show up in court for a third consecutive time.
Other suspects affected by the warrants are FDC women league leader Ingrid Turinawe and Rukungiri Municipality MP Roland Mugume.
The suspects were not even represented in court by their lawyers.
The activists are charged with inciting violence at a rally in Kabale Municipality stadium in 2012.
Prosecution claims Besigye and others injured four police officers and vandalized three police vehicles.
The arrest warrants were given to their sureties who included Kabale FDC Chairperson Lydia Turyahumura, Kabale Municipality Mayor Pius Ruhemurana, Kabale Central Division chairperson Sentaro Byamugisha and Kabale Central Division Speaker Julis Tituryebwa.
The sureties did not give any reason for the absence of the politicians and court adjourned the case to October 20, 2015.
4GC activists staged several protests including ‘walk to work’ and rallies in and around Kampala city over government’s introduction of new taxes on essentials like water and kerosene in the 2013/14 budget.
They also protested the rampant corruption and embezzlement of state resources and abuse of human rights.
4GC was morphed from the banned A4C group that government said was interested in wrestling for power by organising street protests similar to the ‘Arab spring’ that led to the fall of governments in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia among others.