Besigye wrong to defy court-NRM lawyer  

Lawyer Mr. Jet Tumwebaze (R)

Lawyer Mr. Jet Tumwebaze (R)

NRM lawyer Jet Tumwebaze says opposition Forum for Democratic Change is disguising protests as weekly prayers.

Constitutional Court issued an injunction on Friday banning Kizza Besigye’s defiance campaign and related activities.

Breach of the court order resulted in the arrest of Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Makerere lecturer Dr Stella Nyanzi, Pastor Happy Ngabo and several other supporters.

“These FDC prayers are not ordinary prayers,” Tumwebaze said on Wednesday while appearing on NBS TV.

“They [prayers] are protests. We should not bury our heads in the sand.”

He said there is nothing like a blanket ban clarifying that the four-week court injunction is meant to gag defiance campaigns.

“I’m worried about the trend we are taking. You don’t defy court orders. A court order however irregular must not be disobeyed.”

He added: “You don’t disobey a court order. You either obey or you appeal. What FDC is doing is wrong.”

He said the court order didn’t ban any political party activities but activities related to FDC’s defiance campaign.

“It is specific. We are having political figures seeking to lead this country yet they are disobeying court orders. We should be concerned.”

The lawyer said when court rules in favour of opposition, the judge is labelled “fair”. Where court rules otherwise, the judge is an “NRM cadre”

“FDC can hold any other party activities outside defiance campaign. Order only bans, for four weeks, defiance activities.”

He said Besigye is losing a point because when he comes to power, he would love people to obey court orders, something he is not doing now.

“Personal freedoms are not absolute. They ought to be subjected to to the law.”

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