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I’ll not return to this court, Besigye tells magistrate

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Kizza Besigye vows to defy Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court

Uganda opposition leader Kizza Besigye has vowed to defy Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court for allegedly wasting his time.

“Your worship, it is more than six months since I was arrested and charged in Karamoja and in this court,” Besigye told the presiding magistrate.

“After six months, there is no case that is committed to any court to be heard.”

Besigye further told Grade One Magistrate Noah Sajjabi that his court has no power to try him.

“I want to put it on  record since this court has no power, that the DPP should be ashamed to persecute citizens in this way and fashion.”

He added: “I pray that the next time this case is fixed for hearing, if it is not committed to the High Court that I will not come back to this court.”

Besigye said he spends most of the days in courts over similar tramped-up charges.

“I am now finding it absolutely difficult to subsist because I spend my days not working but running around courts over no cases.”

Besigye said he had just returned from Kabale court where the DPP sanctioned other cases.

“I want to use this opportunity to tell this court how frustrated I am and that I will not be blamed for not coming again to this court beyond the next appearance that you fix your worship.”

The Magistrate then interjected: “Col. the state is in the know of your predicament and this is the second time you are raising this matter.”

But Besigye who is charged with treason for allegedly declaring himself winner of 2016 elections and swearing himself in as the people’s president, was not done yet.

“Your worship, the main purpose of my submission  is to put court on notice that I will not be reporting back to this court beyond the next hearing.”

Besigye had on Tuesday appeared  for the  mention of his case.

Dr. Besigye will later on appear at the Criminal Division of the High court over similar charges.

Besigye maintains that President Yoweri Museveni is the one who should stand trial for overthrowing an elected government that was brought into office in February.

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