Opposition leader Kizza Besigye is currently under an attack of a bed bug infestation at Luzira prisons, according to Makindye West MP, Hon. Allan Ssewanyana.
Ssewanyana and Muhammad Ssegirinya on Tuesday visited Dr Kizza Besigye at Luzira Prisons where he is on remand until June 1st.
Ssewanyana said while prisons officials allowed them to meet Besigye, journalists on the other hand were blocked.
It took a call to the head of prisons for Ssewanyana himself to access Besigye.
Ssewanyana told press that Besigye is in good health and urged supporters not to give up the struggle.
“He [Besigye] is calm and still strong but the only problem is the bed bugs. We went with a spray and chemicals, which we gave to officers. We hope they will kill the parasites because a people’s president cannot be sucked by bed bugs.”
Winnie attacks Judiciary
Besigye’s wife Winnie Byanyima says it is because of guilt and fear that the regime is persecuting him.
“What we are witnessing in Uganda is an illegal regime that is acting irrationally and out of fear. An election was rigged and the people’s victory was stolen.”
She said Uganda’s last recourse is the Constitution and it says that all power belongs to the people and the people shall be governed by leaders chosen through regular, free and fair elections.
What happened last February was a farce followed by subversion of the will of the people, she noted, adding, guilt and fear have now driven the regime to persecute Kizza Besigye but it cannot succeed in breaking his will or that of the people of Uganda.
“The actions taken against Kizza Besigye as an individual are also symptomatic of the breakdown of institutions in this country. We are witnessing creeping state failure induced by an illegal regime.”
Winnie said the judiciary is complicit in the abuse of state processes to persecute Kizza Besigye.
“Why was a magistrate in Moroto willing to hear his case well after the official court closing hour of 5pm? Why was Kizza Besigye taken to a court with no geographical jurisdiction, on a capital charge; and with the public forcefully excluded from the proceedings? These were cowardly acts that demonstrate a failure to uphold the judicial oath at best, or collusion in using the judicial process to persecute an individual and deny the people’s mandate at worst.”
She said that failure is the third made by the judiciary in under two months.
“The first was their collusion with the DPP to try to obstruct the issuance of an order to release Kizza Besigye from illegal house arrest. With the assistance of senior members of the judiciary, the DPP was able to delay justice for well over a month. Yet the constitutional custody time limit is 48 hours.”
She also reiterated that earlier this month the Deputy Chief Justice, Stephen Kavuma, issued a dubious ex parte interim order banning all of the FDC’s public activities, processions and gathering – even prayers.
The order was roundly condemned by the Uganda Law Society.
Uganda Law Society President Gimara Francis says the judiciary should constitutionally exercise independence while dispensing justice.
“Judiciary should ensure that it doesn’t get absorbed in the current political trajectory while dispensing justice,” he pointed out.