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Protests: Besigye, Lukwago In Court Today

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8:30am: Dr Kizza Besigye and other top opposition officials have arrived at Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court to answer to charges of inciting violence during a press conference on June 25.

State accuses Besigye, Ingrid Turinawe, MPs Mathias Mpuuga and Muwanga Kivumbi in addition to Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago of asking Ugandans “to use all means at their disposal to remove the government.” Others are Kyapa Karuhanga and Francis Mwijukye.


Security has been tightened around the court with heavily-armed anti-riot police personnel and teargas trucks.

Dr Kizza Besigye greets Ken Lukyamuzi


Police said pressure group4GC, in a press conference at a location on Katonga Road, announced that they intend to organize demonstrations in Kampala and the whole country, beginning June 26.


Kayihura said then in a press statement that “While we have no problem with anybody organizing demonstrations, as it is a constitutional right and freedom, such demonstrations, as, indeed, exercise of rights and freedoms, must be within the law. Our problem with the announced demonstrations by 4GC is that they are not within the law.”


He further noted that 4GC is unlawful society by virtue of the fact that it replaced A4C, which was declared an unlawful society by a Declaration Order, under section 56 of the Penal Code Act. S. 56(3) which states that where a society is an unlawful society, and another society is formed having the same office bearers as the unlawful society, having a similar name, or substantially the same membership, “such society shall be deemed to be an unlawful society”.

4GC members on the stand


“There is no doubt that A4C and 4GC fall into the category provided for in s. 56(3) of the Act. Therefore, organizing and participating in activities of 4GC constitutes criminal offences. Note that the above part of the Act creates offences of unlawful assemblies, riots, and other offences against public tranquility,” said Kayihura.


4GC recently took the matter to the Constitutional Court, in Constitution petition No. 41/2012 in which they challenged the powers of the Attorney General to declare unlawful societies under the Penal Code Act.


But Kayihura said this in itself shows that they acknowledge that section 56 of the Act “is an existing and valid law, only they disagree with it.”


“Accordingly, therefore, they should be consistent and recognize that conducting themselves as 4GC, which was declared an unlawful society under the Act, makes them criminally liable.”

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