Former Independent presidential candidate, Elton Joseph Mabirizi, has asked Muslims to put Kizza Besigye in their prayers as they celebrate Eid day.
The appeal is contained in his Eid message to the Muslim community.
“This is to wish our Muslim fraternity and all of you who celebrate, a happy Eid ul Fitr, which, we have been informed, falls on Wednesday 6th July.”
“Let the spirit of charity, sacrifice and self denial exhibited in Ramadhan by Muslims all over the world become habit for us all, as a country.”
Mabirizi reminded Muslims that as they celebrate Eid, they should remember those who cannot join in the celebrations for one reason or the other.
“Through my interactions with the population, I learnt that a large number of Muslims, are in jail for politically related reasons. Others on flimsy charges if “idle and disorderly”.”
Mabirizi sent heartfelt sympathies to the mothers, wives and relatives of “these prisoners”.
Mabirizi said he was also aware that my brother Col (rtd) Dr. Kizza Besigye was expected in court this Wednesday (Eid Day) to apply for bail which was not possible as its a public holiday.
“I appeal to all Muslims in Uganda who believe in justice to use this day on which Dr. Besigye would have been in court, to pray for his freedom, when he appears at a later date. And to pray for all Ugandans who are being persecuted for their political beliefs.”
Besigye’s bail application in the treason trial which was earlier scheduled for Wednesday (July 6) morning before High Court Judge, Wilson Masalu Musene was pushed to Monday (July 11).
Meanwhile, Nakawa District Coordination Committee (DCC) the framework of institutions in the Criminal justice system will on Thursday (July 7) morning visit Luzira Prisons, police detention facilities and the Naguru Remand Centre to, among others, assess the detention and remand standards of suspects and accused persons, including Dr Kiiza Besigye.
The Nakawa DCC is chaired by the Nakawa Chief Magistrate, James Ereemye Mawanda Jumire.