Ruhindi gives up Besigye defiance case



The Attorney General Fred Ruhindi has written to Constitutional Court in Kampala withdrawing an application banning Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] defiance activities.

Ruhindi secured a first court order in April banning FDC activities including weekly prayers, public meetings, processions and countrywide demonstrations seeking an independent audit of 2016 general elections.

The 4-week interim order expired over the weekend prompting government to seek for an extension.

Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma summoned opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye and Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] party to appear in court today for the hearing of the application.

According to a letter signed by Denis Bireije, the acting Director Civil Litigation in the Attorney General’s office, Ruhindi withdrew his application without giving reasons.

FDC lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuzi says the state was cornered since Besigye needed to be in court which according to police chief would have caused a security risk.

Besigye also wrote to the Court asking to be given time to prepare for his appearance since he had not representation.

Yesterday, police claimed there was intelligence that FDC supporters would sow chaos at Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court where Besigye was due for the mention of his treason case.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Mike Chibita sought for a trial at Luzira prisons, which would not pose any security risks.

In his affidavit sworn yesterday, Police chief Gen Kale Kayihura, declared defiance campaign unconstitutional and illegal.

Kayihura claims unless court issues another ban stopping FDC defiance campaign activities, the country will go back into political unrest.

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