Besigye to be arraigned in court next week

FDC presidential candidate Kizza Besigye addresses a press

FDC presidential candidate Kizza Besigye addresses a press

Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Kizza Besigye will spend the weekend in Moroto police cells until next week when he will be arraigned in court.

Ms Polly Namaye, the deputy police spokesperson said police are working with the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) to prosecute him.

Dr Besigye was arrested after he skirted a 24-hour security surveillance at his Kasangati home in Wakiso District to unexpectedly emerge in the city’s busy business district, attracting frenzied crowds on Wednesday.

Dr Besigye has repeatedly asked police to indict him formally and remand him to a proper gazetted place instead of turning his own home into a prison.

The government placed the four-time presidential contender, who claims to have won the February 18, election with 52 per cent, under house arrest on voting day until after a March 31 Supreme Court ruling declared that Museveni was validly re-elected.

Dr Besigye rejected the outcome of both the vote and court verdict, announcing a raft of what he called “defiance campaign” activities, ostensibly to reclaim the people’s power he said had been lost under the incumbent.

The Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma, following a one-sided hearing of the government petition, issued an order which, among other things, bans the defiance campaign.

The Uganda Law Society, which has a non-binding mandate to advise government on legal matters, questioned the wide reach of the order on civil liberties and the manner in which it was issued.

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