Kasangati court pushes Besigye case to June 22


Luzira prison authorities have produced former Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] presidential candidate Kizza Besigye at Kasangati Chief Magistrates Court Thursday.

Besigye who is on remand for treason, was produced in Kasangati on orders of Magistrate Freddie Choka Egesa to answer charges of disobeying lawful orders and holding an unlawful assembly.

He appeared under heavy security that reportedly manhandled an FDC activist Brian Atuheire Batenda, nearly breaking his arm for trying to take a picture of the van that brought the retired colonel.

Meanwhile, there was drama in court as Besigye’s lawyers cross-examined ASP Amos Bamuzibire, the Operations Commander Kampala Metropolitan.

The lawyers demanded to know whether flashing a V-sign was a crime according to the officer.

Bamuzibire replied that Besigye was not supposed to be waving to people on the day he was arrested but to move to Najjanankumbi FDC head offices for prayers.

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The lawyers sought to know whether the officer thought of himself as Besigye’s friend.

Bamuzibire said he is Besigye’s friend because “he [Besigye] is a senior citizen and a retired colonel like me”.

Asked when he joined the army, the officer said he had never been in the army, sending the court chuckling with laughter.

The state also produced a DVD seeking to use the person in the video as a witness which the magistrate rejected.

The magistrate then adjourned the case to June 22 at 10am for further cross examination of the witness.

Besigye faces charges of unlawful assembly and disobeying lawful orders committed on May 20, 2016 while trying to force his way to FDC headquarters.

He was arrested around Mulago roundabout and detained at Nagalama police station in Mukono before being driven home and put under house arrest.

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