President Yoweri Museveni has rejected a request by opposition members to release Nakawa division legislator, Michael Kabaziguruka.
The request was made Saturday during a meeting with opposition leaders under Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) at State House, Entebbe.
President Museveni told the opposition members led by Democratic Party secretary general, Mathias Nsubuga, that the government has evidence of Micheal Kabaziguruka’s involvement in illegal activities.
Kabaziguruka, 19 Uganda People’s Defence Forces [UPDF] soldiers, one policeman and three civilians were at the close of last month remanded to Makindye military prison and Kigo prisons till July 12, 2016.
They were first arrested at the start of June for plotting to overthrow the government.
They produced in Makindye General Court Martial Court under its new Chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti and charged with offences relating to security and treachery.
“Government has evidence of his involvement in illegal activities,” Museveni told IPOD, adding that Kabaziguruka had chosen a path of criminality, which the state would not tolerate.
Museveni said the cases of Kizza Besigye and Kabaziguruka had nothing to do with government mistreatment of the opposition.
Besigye is currently at Luzira prison on remand for plotting treason.
While addressing parliament, Museveni said he had no powers to release Besigye and that only courts of law have that mandate.
Appearing before Nakawa Court Chief Magistrate James Ereemye on June 29, Besigye said he doubts whether the state actually has any case against him.
“I’m disturbed by the delayed investigations in this case. If they (state) have any case –which I doubt — let them present it,” he continued.
He asked court to compel the state to speed up investigations on cases filed against him so that he is able to apply for bail.
Besigye claimed that the state has deliberately delayed investigations, saying if there is no case, the charges should be dropped.
Besigye was first charged with treason and terrorism by Moroto Chief Magistrates Court and remanded at Moroto government prison only to be transferred to Luzira prison.
He is accused of declaring himself the people’s president, swearing himself in and launching defiance activities which could have sparked a people’s movement in Kampala.
This is the second time that Besigye is charged with treason.
The first trial in 2005 was dropped.
If found guilty of the offence, the penalty is death or life imprisonment.