Mbabazi offers himself as Besigye lawyer


Mbabazi shakes hands with Bishop Ntegyereize in Kanungu on Sunday

Former Go Forward presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi is considering offering incarcerated opposition leader Kizza Besigye legal services.

Amama, a lawyer himself, has his own huge legal team which he is ready to put at Besigye’s disposal.

He made the remarks on Sunday at a thanksgiving ceremony of a Go Forward member and Kanyatorongo sub county LC3 chairman, Kenneth Tumuhamwe.

Emeritus Bishop John Ntegyereize of western Kigezi diocese remembered for having backed Mbabazi during the election period, led the prayers at the ceremony.

“I won’t say much today because I’m still maintaining my silence,” Mbabazi started.

Mbabazi then launched an attack at government for arresting Besigye just because he questioned election results.

Besigye got 35% of the total vote, Mbabazi 1% while President Yoweri Museveni emerged winner with 60% of the total vote.

FDC launched a “Free My Vote” campaign which involved a stay-home strike and Tuesday prayers in order to demand an international audit of 2016 elections.


Guests at Kanyatorongo sub county LC3 chairman, Kenneth Tumuhamwe’s thanksgiving ceremony

Constitutional Court later issued an injunction banning all activities under the defiance campaign.

Police chief Kale Kayihura placed Besigye and other FDC leaders under house arrest to curb their activities.

Besigye, however, escaped from his home on Wednesday, stormed Kampala, took oath as president and got arrested at the same time.

He was detained in Moroto, charged with treason and sent on remand at the government prison.

“Why should Besigye be arrested for saying he doesn’t agree with the results?” Mbabazi asked while speaking in Kanungu today.

He added: “I had thought of not going back to court as a lawyer but may end up being Besigye’s lawyer.”

Mbabazi said his decision to represent Besigye will help the opposition leader’s cause and the cause of all freedom loving Ugandans.

“There is no need to panic,” Mbabazi assured opposition supporters.

Besigye who was charged with treason on Friday, is expected to return to court on May 25, 2016 for the mention of his case.

He also never took plea since his lawyer was not present while charges were being read to him.

He is accused of declaring himself the people’s president contrary to the constitution of the country and faces a death sentence or life in prison.

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