Court decries hefty security as Besigye defends defiance


Kasangati Chief Magistrates Court has decried the heavy security that always escorts opposition leader Kizza Besigye paralysing activities in the area.

Chief Magistrate Fred Egesa on Wednesday urged Luzira prison authorities to address the matter saying whenever Besigye is appearing before the court, the heavy security that escorts him prevents residents from carrying out their daily activities.

The last time Besigye appeared before the court, his security escort beat up Brian Atuhiere, an FDC activist and tried to arrest Ingrid Turinawe, the FDC secretary for mobilisation as well as Makerere LC V Councillor Doreen Nyanjura.

Yesterday, jailed former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential Candidate re-appeared in the same court still manned by heavy security which intimidated locals.

Besigye is accused of disobeying lawful orders.

Prosecution alleges that Dr Besigye disobeyed instructions by a police officer to drive from Mulago round-about, through Yusuf Lule road, Mukwano road and on to Najjanankumbi, and insisted on driving through Wandegeya, with the view of passing through the city centre.

Speaking in the court, Besigye defended his defiance campaign saying it is a lawful means by citizens to boldly resist unconstitutional conduct by state agencies.

He was responding to a petition filed by the Attorney General Fred Ruhindi that seeks to declare his defiance campaign activities unconstitutional.

Ruhindi later withdrew the petition only for the constitutional court to further it.

Besigye does not deny the use of the word defiance throughout his presidential campaigns.

He however says mere the use of this simple English word does not in away breach the constitution or even warrant the wastage of taxpayers’ money while seeking for interpretation by the constitutional court.

Besigye also contends that calling for an international election results audit is not illegal as alleged by the Attorney General.

The petition will be heard today by a panel of five Justices of the Constitutional Court led by Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma.

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