Besigye treated like a terrorist, says Lukwago


Lukwago, Mwijukye, Muntu in court

Opposition leader Kizza Besigye Wednesday told Nakawa Court Chief Magistrate James Ereemye that he doubts whether the state actually has any case against him.

This came after Besigye told court that Luzira authorities blocked his Ramadhan message, which he tried to send out to his people as a political leader.

Decrying the infringement on his rights, the retired colonel said authorities at Luzira were already treating him like he is guilty yet he thought he is innocent until proven guilty.

“I’m disturbed by the delayed investigations in this case. If they (state) have any case –which I doubt — let them present it,” he continued.

The last time he appeared in court, the state asked for more time to concluded investigations.

Today, Besigye asked court to give a period in which the state will conclude investigations in his case.

He asked court to compel the state to speed up investigations on cases filed against him so that he is able to apply for bail.

Besigye claimed that the state has deliberately delayed investigations, saying if there is no case, the charges should be dropped.

He said while the state is asking for two weeks to conclude its investigations, there are more threats on his life in prison.

The opposition leader further cited continued harassment and mistreatment of his supporters as they access court.

After his trial today, police beat up journalists and arrested FDC secretary for mobilisation Ingrid Turinawe, her driver [who was reportedly beaten into a coma] and another activist Joram Kyenjojo who were detained at Jinja Road Police Station for defying police orders.

Lukwago speaks

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago also attended court alongside Buhweju MP Francis Mwijukye and FDC party president Mugisha Muntu.

Lukwago said justice delayed is justice denied” is a dictum presumed to be entrenched in the jurisprudence of commonwealth countries, “but in our case it may be nothing more than mere sloganeering”.


besigye in court

He said the State, that has always treated Dr. Besigye as a terrorist, shamelessly reneged on their earlier commitment to wind up their investigations before today’s court sitting.

“We hope the Magistrate will be assertive on the issue of our brother’s rights when he visits Luzira prisons early next week, as he has undertaken.”

He added: “It’s also our prayer that the High Court will expeditiously dispose off the bail application fixed for 6th July, in case it’s not Eid day.”

Meanwhile, Besigye has vowed to resume the defiance campaign as soon as he is released from Luzira prison, if granted bail by High Court on July 6.

Besigye was first charged with treason and terrorism by Moroto Chief Magistrates Court and remanded at Moroto government prison only to be transferred to Luzira prison.

He is accused of declaring himself the people’s president, swearing himself in and launching defiance activities which could have sparked a people’s movement in Kampala.

This is the second time that Besigye is charged with treason.

The first trial in 2005 was dropped.

If found guilty of the offence, the penalty is death or life imprisonment.

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