ASP Samuel Bamuzimbire, the police officer who arrested Kizza Besigye and came to testify against him for the state rotated and rotated on Friday totally failing to prove anything against his suspect.
Besigye is accused of defying lawful orders from police officers after refusing to use Yusuf Lule road but insisted on using the route via Wandegeya to the city centre on his way to the FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi for prayers.
He appeared before Kasangati Grade One Magistrate Fred Egesa on Friday for the hearing of his case.
Bamuzimbire, the state witness was asked to provide evidence relating to the April 5 arrest of Besigye at Mulago roundabout.
Bamuzibire, a Senior Superintendent and commander Field Force Unit in Kampala Metropolitan Area accused Besigye of flashing the FDC ‘V’ sign contrary to police orders.
He turned around and accused Besigye of coming with a big crowd from Kalerwe to Wandegeya in his attempt to access the Kampala Central Business District.
“I then ordered police to tow his vehicle towards Kira road police station.”
Yet, the officer quickly told court that he was at his office in Naguru on the same day Besigye was arrested.
Besigye’s lawyers Ernest Kalibbala and Fred Mpanga then led the onslaught against the cop in a comic cross examination.
Kalibbala: Would you call Besigye your friend?
Bamuzibire: Because he is a senior citizen and a colonel like me!
Magistrate: So you are a colonel!
Bamuzibire: I am a retired colonel.
Kalibbala: When were you in the army?
Bamuzibire: I have never been in the army. (Court bursts in laughter)
Kalibbala: Do you remember the oath you took before court?
Kalibbala: What does it say?
Bamuzibire: To tell the truth and nothing but the truth.
Kalibbala: Are you telling the truth?
Bamuzibire: No! (Court rolls with fresh laughter)
Kalibbala: What’s the meaning of your name Bamuzibire?
Bamuzibire: It means to stop someone. (more laughter)
Kalibbala: May be that is why you blocked Dr Besigye.
[Mpanga cuts in]
Mpanga: You said he was flashing a V sign, is it illegal?
Mpanga: So, is it okay to use the sign?
Bamuzibire: NO, It can’t be used all the time.
Mpanga: So, what time can it be used?
Bamuzibire: On that day he was going for prayers, so he was supposed to sit in his car and not wave.
When asked whether Besigye was in charge of the vehicle he was travelling in, Bamuzibire said the retired colonel was only seated at the back.
Cornered state prosecutors led by Joseph Kyomuhendo jumped in and asked court for more time to present witnesses to court.
Magistrate Egesa adjourned the case to June 22, 2016 [Wednesday next week] to allow the state to prepare acceptable witnesses.