Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] former president candidate Rt. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye has vowed never to give in to President Yoweri Museveni’s regime.
Besigye made the remarks while appearing at Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning.
“I am before court without counsel. Your worship, I would like to thank you for having visited Luzira Prison as promised and I hope you witnessed the grievances of prisoners at Luzira,” Besigye stated.
“I will formally petition court soon because I believe my rights were violated while at Luzira. The longer investigations take, the more my right to a speedy fair hearing is infringed upon.”
In the end, when prosecution has no case, as has permanently been the case in past prosecution, there is no redress, he continued.
“Ordinarily, prosecution should conclude whatever investigations before a suspect is arrested. That was not the case.”
Besigye said he was first imprisoned in Moroto, the furthest town from where he was arrested and detained for more than two months.
“If prosecution has no case, I should be released. If I go to a bank, they can’t lend me money as long as this case hangs over my head.”
“Whenever they are ready to prosecute me, I am in town. They can always fetch me and prosecute me.”
Besigye said he does not have to keep appearing given the inconvenience.
“If they want a year or 6 months to investigate, let them inform court. In criminal proceedings, no costs are awarded when the accused is acquitted.”
Besigye asked court to end the appearances that the prosecution is pleading for under the guise of continuing investigations.
“My court appearance has turned into a war zone-like scenes as the whole area is cordoned off…armoured personnel carriers.”
Magistrate James Eremye adjourned the case for one month until August 12, giving “ample time for the state to do a lot of inquiries
The magistrate reminded Besigye to keep reporting to the deputy registrar as per his bail terms.
After the adjournment, Besigye said none of the charges brought against him in the past ended in conviction.
“Some of our prosecutors are breaking the law. Court has the responsibility to fight this. These charges they keep preferring against me are aimed at weakening me into submitting to this regime. I won’t. Mentally, we are prepared to fight to the very end until Uganda is liberated,” he concluded.