The executive director of Oxfam Winnie Byanyima is visiting her husband Dr Kizza Besigye who is currently incarcerated at Luzira Maximum security prison.
“I’m at Luzira prison waiting in line to request to see @kizzabesigye1 it is his right to be visited by family. I must be allowed access,” Winnie tweeted.
Dr Besigye a four-time challenger of Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni in elections was on Monday charged afresh with treason at Nakawa chief magistrates court presided over by Chief Magistrate James Ereemye.
He was not allowed to take plea because the charges against him are of capital offence.
Besigye the former Forum for Democratic change (FDC) presidential candidate in the February 18 elections was remanded until June 1st when he will be returned to court for further mention of his case.
He was arrested on Wednesday last week after he sported a 24-hour security surveillance at his Kasangati home and made a surprise appearance in down town Kampala.
He was subsequently flown to Moroto district where he was first charged with treason and remanded to Moroto government prison before being transferred to Luzira prison on Monday after his relatives secured a production warrant.
Prior to his transfer, Byanyima who was attending the World Economic Forum in Kigali Rwanda appeared in the media castigating Mr Museveni for condemning her husband to a far a way prison in Moroto, some thing she said was only heard of and done during colonial times when the government would imprison its opponents.
Addressing Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court presiding magistrate James Ereemye, Besigye said his life was in danger.
“My concerns have nothing to do with the case which is going to be heard by the High Court. My concerns are fears for my life. I am being mistreated where I am living and I am here and you are sending me away,” Dr Besigye told the judge.
Luzira prisons spokesperson, Frank Baine, dismissed Besigye’s fears, saying there are more 46,000 inmates countrywide and wondered why the authorities would target him alone.
“We did not invite him to the prison. We are just on the receiving end and we are trying to keep him well. We have over 46,000 inmates, why should we single him out to hurt him?” Baine told Daily Monitor.