Besigye probes Magistrate death, slams greedy MPs


magistrate Richard Mafabi

Shortly after his return to the country, Uganda opposition leader Kizza Besigye has asked for a deeper inquiry into the death of Makindye chief magistrate Richard Mafabi.

The magistrate, who summoned IGP Kale Kayihura over police brutality, collapsed and died on Sunday.

Until his death on Sunday afternoon, Mafabi was known for dispensing justice without fear or favour.

“Sudden deaths from unclear causes have become quite common,” Besigye told press at his home in Kasangati.

“I wouldn’t want to jump to conclusions but we need to take particular interest in this trend of unexplained deaths,” he added.

Besigye used the opportunity to condemn Members of Parliament who are putting personal interests before those of the people they represent.
“Parliament is the only institution that determines its own salaries. This needs to change.”

He added: “We must have an independent remunerations body. No public servant should determine their own pay. Not even MPs.”

According to him, the struggle to free Uganda is not a partisan struggle.
“The struggle we are in is not just for FDC but for all people.”

He also promised to report to the High Court tomorrow as a required condition for his bail [he is on trial for treason].

Meanwhile, police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, defended the decision to arrest Besigye at the airport saying it was for his own protection.

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