Besigye Detention: Kasangati Court Gives Gov’t Ultimatum

Counsel David (red tie) Mpanga with his colleague at Kasangati court on Thursday

The Kabarole district leaders have launched the Go Back to School Campaign, information pills with a call to parents to give all necessary support to their children to enable them attain quality education.

The campaign is running under the theme: “Create an inclusive school to bring joy and retain every child in school.”

Harriet Angwena the Inspector of Schools in charge Special Needs revealed that the campaign seeks to create awareness among the public on the importance of education and increase pupil enrollment and retention in school.

“In 2014/15 the dropout was standing at 35% but with the Go Back to School campaign sensitizing parents, leaders and school administrators, it has now reduced to 30 percent which is a big achievement,” she said.

The campaign follows the staggering school dropout rates in the mountainous sub counties of Katebwa, Karangura,Kabonero and Kasenda,Ruteete and Hakibale where practices of child labour and early marries are common.

Launching the campaign at Nsuura Primary School in Katebwa Sub County on Wednesday, the District Chairperson Mr. Richard Rwabuhinga observed that many children have dropped out of school most especially girls due to early pregnancies, early marriages and child labor.

Rwabuhinga said, “I argue all parents in this Rwenzori area to guard against such practices that affect the education and future of the Ugandan child. The practices will leave your communities underdeveloped”.

He observed the need for all parents to embrace educating a child as a way of planning their future retirement enumeration since they will in turn look after them after their graduation.

However, the chairman asked school head teachers to create a conducive learning environment avoid harassment and stigmatizing them to enable them stay in school and complete school.

Hearing of the case before Kasangati grade one magistrate Katushabe Prossy where FDC’s Col Dr Kiiza Besigye is challenging Police’s stay at his home in Kasangati did not kick off on Thursday as expected.

The case is against Kampala North RPC Felix Kaweesi and the Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura.

This came after the respondent’s (Attorney General) side failed to file its affidavit in reply on time.

On behalf of the respondent Nabbasa Caroline the Deputy DPP asked court for an adjournment to enable them make consultations with the Attorney General before filing in their Affidavit.

However, order this was objected by the Defense counsel  David Mpanga, who informed court that being that the respondents where served on 3rd March 2016, they had  enough time to respond.

Mpanga added that since the case involves infringement of his client’s human rights, any further adjournments would make him suffer more since he is still under house arrest.

“We are basing this case on Article 23 sub article 3 and 4 in the constitution of the Republic of Uganda, which states that every citizen arrested of any offense must be produced in court in 48hours”

Mpanga added that since 17th February 2016 his client Dr Kizza Besigye has been in detention by Police in an ungazzeted area for a period of more than 48 hours, yet he has never been brought before any court.

“Police Act Sec 24 and 25 states that any person arrested and not brought in court with in a period of 48 hours he has a right to file an application before the magistrate to defend his rights”

In her ruling the magistrate revealed that since this matter involves human rights affairs, she decided to give the respondents up to 4pm this evening to file in their affidavit there by adjourning the matter to tomorrow.

Meanwhile Dr Kiiza Besigye the applicant in this matter did not attend the court session since the police couldn’t allow him to move out of his home.



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