Magistrate Warns Besigye: Skip Court At Your Own Peril

Col Dr Kizza Besigye

Nakawa Grade One magistrate Noah Sajjabi has warned former FDC presidential candidate against overstepping his powers by refusing to appear before the court for the mention of his Treason case.

Following a request by the state prosecutor Racheal Nabwire to have the case adjourned to enable the state finalize with investigations, approved Besigye protested  before the Nakawa  Magistrate informing him that he is not showing up again at the court.

“This matter has been going on for over 8 months now without investigations being concluded .I am constrained to keep on coming to this court yet there is no sight of conclusion of the investigations, capsule ” the irate Besigye told the magistrate.

The opposition strongman told the magistrate that continuous coming to court with nothing happening keeps draining him in terms of resources and time, which he said could not allow continue.

“I will not be able to come to this court over this matter. When investigations are complete, I should be informed and I return.”

Magistrate Warns

The Nakawa Grade One Magistrate however, told Besigye that he could not allow him skip court because he has no powers to decide on the matter advising him to seek redress from the High Court.

He referred the opposition strongman to a ruling made by former Nakawa Chief Magistrate James Eremye Mawanda in which Besigye was advised to forward his complaint to a superior court saying it still stands.

“This court cannot take any position on that matter but you have a duty to keep reporting here your committal or any other advice by the High Court,” said the Magistrate before adjourning the case to February 27.

Speaking to journalists later, Besigye said he will stand by his decision of not to ever appear in the same matter at the Nakawa court, until investigations are completed and he is committed to High Court for trial.

“I will never return here by myself unless by force. I will look at the possibility of stopping these charges in a superior court,” he said.

Besigye said these are all efforts by the state to persecute its opponents which he said will not weaken him.

Besigye was arrested on the eve of president Museveni’s swearing in ceremony in May and detained in Moroto before being charged with treason when he issued a video recording in which he swore himself as president of Uganda.


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