State Wants Besigye Produced in Kabale Court

The hearing of the case in which FDC’ Presidential candidate Col. Dr .Kizza Besigye, try Kampala Lord Mayor  Erias Lukwago and other four opposition leaders  are accused  of inciting violence did not resume as scheduled on Monday at the Kabale Magistrates Court.

None of the accused showed up in court as Dr Besigye is on remand in Luzira on Treason Charges while Lukwago was being sworn in as the Kampala Lord Mayor today.

Dr Besigye and  Lukwago are  charged  together with Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa, capsule FDC Secretary for Mobilization  Ingrid  Kamateneti Turinawe, order Rukungiri Municipality MP  Roland Mugume Kaginda and Western  Uganda  Vice  President  of the  Democratic Party Imam Makumbi; for allegedly inciting the public on July I4, 2012 at Kabale stadium where four policemen were injured and four police cars vandalized by their stone pelting supporters.

They were supposed to appear in court today but they all failed to show up as well as their sureties.

The Kabale senior resident state attorney Batson Baguma thus asked court to issue criminal summons for Mubarak Munyagwa, Ingrid Turinawe, Roland Kaginda, Imam Makumbi and all their sureties for failure to attend court.

Baguma also asked court presided  over  by  Raphael  Vueni   the  Kabale  grade one magistrate (the presiding   magistrate  his worship  Moses  Samuel Kagoda  was absent on official  duty)  to issue production warrant for  former FDC presidential  candidate   Rtd. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye who is in Luzira prison  to be transferred  to Kabale  to answer charges of inciting violence  in 2012.

“Criminal summons should be issued against the accused persons and their sureties for failure to attend court and they should be warned against mixing issues of politics with court matters. I pray that production warrant be issued so that Dr Kizza Besigye is brought to this court to answer charges against him at the expense of the state,” Baguma said.

Justus Muhangi one of the defense lawyers told court that his clients were not able to attend court because they were invited guests to witness the swearing in ceremony for Lukwago as the lord mayor for Kampala City and that it was not possible for Lukwago to attend court because he was being sworn in while Dr Besigye is on remand.

The Magistrate Vueni then issued criminal summons against the accused persons and their sureties, asking the resident state attorney Baguma to present the issue of production warrant for Dr Besigye before the Kabale chief magistrate since he is the trial magistrate in this case.

The case was adjourned to 18th July 2016 for further hearing.



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