Crime & Investigation

Kabale Magistrate Warns Besigye

Besigye being arrested during a political activity (File Photo)

Kabale Chief Magistrate Godfrey Kaweesa has adjourned to June 17 the hearing of the case in which six opposition leaders including former FDC boss, there Col Kizza Besigye, are accused of inciting violence in 2012.

Besigye’s co-accused are ousted Kampala Mayor, Erias Lukwago, MP Roland Kaginda, Mubarak Munyagwa and Ingrid Turinawe.

They were expected to appear in court on Thursday but never showed up.

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Kabale Resident State Attorney Batson Baguma today requested court to issue arrest warrants for the opposition politicians, saying this was the fifth time they were absconding from court.

However, the politicians’ lawyer Jonathan Bwagi said the death of his colleague Wilfred Murumba early this month was a big blow to their defence preparations.

“It was Murumba taking notes during the proceedings. We are trying to see how to move on after his death,” said Bwagi.

Magistrate Kaweesa urged Bwagi to expedite the defence “so we can finish this case and do other things.”

He added: “Dr. Besigye and his friends should come to court. Being a politician doesn’t mean disobeying court processes. This is the last adjournment.”

It is alleged the six politicians incited violence on July 14, 2012 while addressing a 4GC rally in Kabale Municipal Stadium.

The political activity sparked off running battles between opposition activists and police.

Two police officers were injured and the law enforcement bodies’ vehicles smashed in the street battles.

Besigye and his colleagues deny the charges.


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