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Besigye: I Survived Plot Against My Life

Col Dr Kizza Besigye

Opposition leader, order http://ckls.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-get-post-endpoint.php Dr Kizza Besigye has broken silence on his sudden failure to attend the police chiefs’ hearing at Makindye Magistrate’s Court, cheap http://danielpyne.com/wp-admin/includes/theme-install.php saying his life was in danger.

“I got information that Gen Kale Kayihura was not going to attend the court session,” Besigye told the press at his residence in Kasangati on Thursday morning.

“I also got information there were sinister plans to harm me,” he added.

Hundreds of police supporters stormed the court premises where they charged at lawyers representing complainants in a case of police highhandedness.

Lawyers Erias Lukwago, Abdullah Kiwanuka and Nicholas Opiyo were evacuated by anti-riot police personnel who formed a safe corridor at the court premises.

Besigye had earlier hinted on attending the court session.

Speaking to journalists this Tuesday at the Kampala High Court, Besigye said he was eager to see the police boss in the dock defending his actions, which were widely criticized.

“I would like to see him in the dock as he is prosecuted for crimes committed against the citizens of this country. I want him to know that he too can go through what most of us have gone through,” Besigye said.

But the FDC strongman did not show up as earlier expected.

In his media briefing today, Besigye observed: “I wouldn’t take it (threat) as killing me but harming me.”

He said after some reflection on the threats, “I didn’t consider it was so necessary for me to be in court and had to miss.”

He further stated that some of the protesters had arms.

“I didn’t know where it was to end and I was told most of the protesters had pistols,” recounted Besigye.

“I couldn’t take chances and waste time going to court other than doing other productive things.”

The former presidential candidate and his supporters have on several occasions clashed with police in different parts of the country.

While Besigye accuses police of brutality, authorities blame him for cultivating ground for political violence and divisions in society.

On Kayihura’s trial, Besigye noted: “I would like to see him in the dock as he is prosecuted for crimes committed against the citizens of this country. I want him to know that he too can go through what most of us have gone through,” Besigye said.

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