Besigye Responds to Defiance Accusations, Seeks Damages

Former FDC presidential Candidate Col Kiiza Besigye who is currently on remand in Luzira Prison has filed in court his defense on his party’s defiance campaign, case which is being challenged in the Constitutional Court.

In his response to the petition which was filed by the Attorney General seeking a total ban of the defiance campaign activities, unhealthy Besigye didn’t deny the use of the word ‘defiance’ throughout his presidential campaigns, and also conformed that he often called upon citizens to peacefully resist actions of any person who forcefully tried to confine himself in power.

Besigye says however, that he never breached any law since his campaigns were conducted under the Electoral laws of Uganda and that’s why he was never charged in any court for using the word defiance

“To the best of my knowledge, there is no law that bars the use of such a word,” he said.

Besigye added that an international election audit he demanded is not illegal as the Attorney General sought to make court believe, because it is common international practice for settling questions about the quality of an election including investigating what each candidate in an election scored.

However, Besigye further noted that he knows very well all that one of the avenues of challenging presidential elections is through filing a petition to the Supreme Court but he was denied this opportunity since he was kept under house arrest by Police.

He therefore asked court to dismiss Attorney General’s petition with an order to pay him damages for stress and suffering he underwent through this period.

Hearing of this petition filed against FDC and Dr. Besigye is slated for tomorrow Wednesday, before a panel of 5 Constitutional Court Justices led by Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma.

Other judges include Richard Buteera, Elizabeth Musoke, Catherine Bamugemereire and Cheborion Barishaki.



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