I can’t release Besigye, says Museveni


Museven addresses parliament during budget reading today

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has said he has no powers to release the country’s main opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye from Luzira prison where he is being held over charges of treason.

Mr Museveni made the remarks while reading his 2016/17 budget speech at Serena Hotel Kampala.

His remarks followed a protest by members of the main Opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) who stood up in the middle of his address demanding for the release of Mr Besigye.

“There isn’t much I can do to release him (Besigye). It is court that acquits people [charged and convicted of offenses],” Mr Museveni said.

However, the opposition members continued heckling Mr Museveni who continuously pleaded with Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga for protection.

Consequently, Ms Kadaga interned intervened calling for order from the members saying, “ Hon. Members your request has been heard and noted. Please take your seats.”

Besigye was arrested a day before Mr Museveni was sworn as president and charged with treason following a video that went viral in which he (Besigye) was seen taking oath of presidency.

He was subsequently remanded to Luzira prison until June 15 when he has to be returned to court.

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