State may block Mbabazi in Besigye case-Nganda


Semujju Nganda, Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] spokesperson, says although they are eager for representation, it is not clear whether former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi will be allowed to represent Kizza Besigye.

Besigye was Wednesday charged with treason again at Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court and remanded to Luzira prison until June 1.

Over the weekend, Mbabazi, a former Go Forward presidential candidate, offered legal services to Besigye to further the struggle for freedom.

On Tuesday, FDC lawyers said they were ready to work with Mbabazi’s team in the endeavour.

“It is unclear whether Amama Mbabazi will be allowed to represent Kizza Besigye,” Nganda said on Wednesday while appearing on NBS television.

He said the state is very eager to offer representation to Besigye.

“We will manoeuvre out of this situation. Yes, we have had some setbacks but nothing is slowing us down,” Nganda said.

Nganda also said they have not suspended the defiance campaign, but have only changed tactics now that their office remains under police siege.

“When we announced weekly prayers, some thought it was a joke but the response of the State tells a very different story.”

“A number of these events are turning points in our struggle towards taking power. Such is the story of a winner.”

He said the party is engaged in a “war of the mind to raise people’s civic competence”.

“Mandela [Nelson Mandela, the late South African president] was in prison for 27yrs. Even that didn’t stop the struggle. You never know what the tipping point will be so you press on.”

Nganda said the state is going to have a hard time in court because the clip over which they were summoned has hundreds of faces.

Two officials; Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu and Geoffrey Ekanya have already made statements at Special Investigations Unit in Kireka.

FDC chairman, Amb Wasswa Birigwa is yet to make a statement for appearing in the clip showing Besigye taking oath as a people’s president.

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