Video: Lukwago, Winnie say Besigye ‘innocent’, seek bail


Lukwago speaks to prisons officers [Photo by Sudhir Byaruhanga]

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] spokesperson, Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, have visted Kizza Besigye at Luzira prisons.

Lukwago, Semujju and others were cleared by prisons authorities after taking their photos and finger prints.

Speaking to press outside the prison, Lukwago said he was hurt to see Besigye being treated as a prisoner yet he was still “innocent”.

“Today morning, Hon. Ssemujju Nganda and I paid a visit to our brother, Dr. Kizza Besigye at Luzira upper prison. I was extremely disheartened to see him clad in a yellow uniform and being subjected to such dehumanising and humiliating treatment.I am disheartened to see Dr .Kizza Besigye on yellow uniform yet he is still innocent.”

Lukwago said Besigye decried the deplorable conditions as the prison is inordinately congested.

The capacity of the said facility, that was constructed by the colonial administration in 1927, was supposed to be 600 inmates but they are over 3000 now.

“We had a chat over a wide range of national issues, details of which I may not be in position to divulge on this platform but he appeared to be strong, resolute and steadfast,” Lukwago added.

Yesterday, Besigye’s wife Winnie Byanyima also visited him in prison and reported that he was in good health despite fears of harming him.

Winnie who also declared Besigye “innocent”, said she was afraid that masked men continue to trail him even in prison.

She said the same goons had followed him to Moroto police station with the help of authorities.

Winnie and FDC officials will now apply to court for Besigye’s bail saying he hasn’t been committed to High Court.

Besigye is charged with five treason related cases and is on remand at Luzira Prison until June 1st.
On conviction, the offender could be hanged.


Lukwago, Nganda arrive at Luzira prisons

Besigye’s lawyers told The Observer, the case appears to be a game between security agencies, the judiciary and the DPP [director of public prosecutions].

“They know what’s going on and they have kept information to themselves. For us, we are just reading everything from the press,” the lawyer said.

Yusuf Nsibambi, another Besigye lawyer, says the charge sheet itself is defective because the director of public prosecutions did not sanction it.


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