Court grants Besigye, Lukwago Shs2m bail


Besigye, Lukwago in court


Opposition politicians Dr Kizza Besigye and Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago have been granted by Makindye Magistrates Court this morning.

Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President Dr Besigye and Erias Lukwago had reported to the Makindye Court in response to a criminal summons issued last Wednesday.

Dr Besigye, Lukwago and two others identified as Fred Kato and Jethro Nuwagaba stand accused of disobeying lawful orders and trying to hold an illegal assembly.

Fred Kato is Besigye’s brother while Nuwagaba is his aide.

The four men are said to have tried to defy orders issued by the Regional Police Commander for Kampala South Siraje Bakaleke.

Besigye and his team were on their way to Nsambya Sharing Youth Centre to hold a meeting about the on-going electoral reforms.

The four men have been charged with disobeying lawful orders before Grade One Magistrate Gladys Gamasanyu.

They have been granted non cash bail of 2 million shillings each.

Their main sureties have been ordered to pay non cash bail of 1 million shillings each.

Their sureties in court were Kawempe Mayor Mubarak Munyagwa, Rubaga North Member of Parliament Moses Kasibante and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) councillor Allan Ssewanyana.

They were represented by Asuman Basalirwa, also the JEEMA Party President.

Basalirwa argued that that the men should receive non cash bail because they are unemployed. Basalirwa pointed out that Kampala Mayor Lukwago had not been employed for over a year since he was denied access to his City Hall office.

Basalirwa also said that Besigye had been under house arrest several times or confined in his movements so he was not gainfully employed.

Granting them bail, the magistrate Gamasanyu said that she appreciated they were law abiding citizens since they had voluntarily reported to court.

Currently, the men are still at court as lawyers finalise their release paperwork.

The court is thronged with their supporters and there is heightened police deployment.


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