Crime & Investigation

Court Rejects Besigye Trial at Luzira

Dr Kizza Besigye wants the laws governing Uganda Prisons reviewed

Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s court has rejected state’s application to hold Dr Kizza Besigye’s treason trial at another court in Luzira, help Kampala.

The State had requested Nakawa chief Magistrate James Eremye to allow the former FDC presidential candidate be arraigned before a court in Luzira – not far away from where he is jailed, citing security concerns.

“The building in Luzira was designated by the Chief Justice as a court. It is at a shorter distance from the prison than it is to here (Nakawa),” argued prosecutor Lino Anguzo on June 1.

The prosecutor further told court that Luzira would be more convenient for the trial.

“The accused will appear without any difficulties,” said Anguzo, adding, “The distance to Nakawa court is an inconvenience to the security.”

“We request that you issue a production warrant for the accused to appear in Luzira court.”

However, in his ruling today, Eremye said no evidence in form of affidavits was tendered to support the allegations that bringing Besigye to Nakawa would inconvenience security.

“I am convinced the state has capacity to provide security in this particular case,” said the magistrate.

“I am not moved by the application of the state to have the case be heard in Luzira court,” Eremye concluded.

FDC Mobilisation Chief, Ingrid Turinawe and other party officials were on June 1 arrested for attempting to hold a protest march in Kampala after state fell short of bringing Besigye to court for trial.


According to the prosecution, Besigye and others still at large “between February 20 and May 11 in diverse places of Uganda formed an intention to compel by force or constrain the Government of Uganda, as by law established, to change its measures or counsels as the lawfully established methods of ascending to the Office of President of the Republic of Uganda as by law prescribed ad manifested such intention by covert acts and utterances.”

Prosecution further contends that Besigye at various places in Wakiso and Kampala districts demanded that an independent international audit be conducted before a new President can be sworn-in.

“On April 7, at Kasangati in Wakiso District, Besigye uttered words to the effect that he would establish a cabinet for Uganda,” reads part of the charge sheet seen by ChimpReports.

Between Feb. 20 and May 11, according to prosecution, Besigye “unlawfully declared himself winner of the presidential elections 2016” and “incited the public to defy lawful authority and mobilised the masses to attend his swearing-in as president of Uganda.”

Besigye, who disputes the results of the February 18 presidential elections, is further accused of “unlawfully taking presidential oath and undertaking to execute the functions and duties of the president of Uganda.”

Security remains tight at the court premises.

Besigye was brought in a tinted van under heavy police escort before being led to the court by prison warders.


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