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Besigye Protests Date for Kasangati Siege Hearing

Police maintains tight security outside Besigye's home. Pictured, an officer films visitors before being cleared from entry

A total of seven different civil society organizations have filed a request to the Supreme Court of Uganda to join as “friends of court” in the election petition filed last week by presidential candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi.

These are: Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, generic http://christchurchcathedral.org.au/wp-includes/widgets.php The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA Uganda) Chapter Four Uganda, http://cem.edu.uy/components/com_k2/k2.php Human Rights Network Uganda, Center for Constitutional Governance, Kituo Cha Katiba, Legal Aid Service Providers Network Uganda, and Transparency International.

The NGOs revealed that they had interest in the petition “because it raises important questions of public interest; whether the general elections were conducted in a manner representative of the will of the people”

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FIDA Uganda’s Irene Ovunji told press at the Supreme Court that their joining in the case would enhance participation of the people of Uganda, otherwise not represented in the case.

As friends of court, the NGOs are expected not to take any side in the case but furnish court with important expert information to help in better determination of the matter.

Some of the organizations however, directly contested the outcome of the February presidential elections, citing numerous irregularities.

These were members of the civil society coalition that was accredited as election observers under the Citizen Election Observers Network (CEON)

The NGOs say that they tracked and compiled reports of pre-election, polling day and post election period and therefore possess credible and valuable information about the election “that will enrich the court’s consideration of the petition.”

 
A number Residents of Rukungiri district in western Uganda have heeded to Forum for Democratic Change’s calls for civil action to arm-twist government into freeing their party’s presidential candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye who remains under police guard at his home in Kasangati.

The locals this morning demonstrated by not showing up for work, medical http://ctrdv.fr/pmb_mallette/opac_css/includes/chartreuse.inc.php as asked by the opposition party at the start of the week.

The FDC on Monday announced what they terms as the “Free my Vote” campaign in which members and supporters were asked stay at home every Thursday to show solidarity with Col Besigye who has been kept in confinement for more than three weeks.

The protests also would include boycotting businessmen and artists that are supportive of the NRM regime.

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On Thursday midmorning, most of the shops in the western municipality were found to be closed with minimal traffic on the streets.

Col Besigye Besigye hails from the same district and enjoys enormous support there.

The campaign has however come under criticism from some sections of the public who questioned its primary intentions.

Some people believe that the pretests are aimed at weakening the country’s election, while others including Col Kizza Besigye’s wife Mrs Winnie Byanyima are concerned that bits of the campaign are “misguided.”
Dr Kizza Besigye’s lawyers have asked the Principal Judge to intervene in the hearing of his application seeking an end to the blockade by security forces at his residence at Kasangati, medicine http://chuaxuattinhsom.info/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/mobile-push.php Wakiso District.

This was after High Court set May 5 as the date for hearing Besigye’s complaint.

“We filed a case in the High Court (Misc Cause 35 of 2016) seeking enforcement of my rights to liberty, approved http://cyberstudio.biz/main/components/com_banners/models/banner.php fair hearing, http://clothesthatwork.org/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/tribe/organizer.php privacy of home etc,” said Besigye in a statement on Friday.

“The court has now fixed hearing of the case to 5th MAY 2016!! One would expect courts to treat seeking protection from Abuse of Rights as an urgent matter. Not so with our courts,” he added.

“We have written to the Principle Judge asking for his intervention to get an earlier hearing. We’ll wait patiently for an answer.”

Police maintain Besigye’s residence under a security ring. They accuse him of inciting violence and engaging in activities aimed at destabilizing the country, a charge Besigye denies.

Besigye further revealed that “people who visit me are photographed/ filmed and their particulars recorded in a book. This is followed by phone calls (most likely to Kasangati DPC, who also consults those above) Then they are allowed or denied entry.”

Dozens of people have since flocked Besigye’s residence to extend their sympathies. Besigye said when allowed entry; those with vehicles are required to park them on the opposite side of the driveway to his home.

“This is followed by searching the persons to ascertain what’s being carried. Finally, they are told how long their visit should be.”


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