Crime & Investigation

Kasangati Siege Case: Besigye Wins Round One

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

FDC ironman Dr Kizza Besigye has decisively won the first round in the court case in which he is challenging the state’s decision to put him under what officials have described as ‘preventive house arrest.’

The former presidential candidate’s residence in Kasangati remains under a security cordon on grounds that he intends to incite violence and cause instability in the country.

Police have since urged Besigye to denounce his defiance campaign before being freed.

The Grade One Magistrate’s court in Kasangati on Monday ruled to proceed with the case filed by Dr Besigye against the IGP Gen Kale Kayihura and area police commander.

Besigye’s lawyers are calling for his immediate release from house arrest while prosecutors objected to this submission, sale saying the court lacks the jurisdiction to handle the case.

Prosecution also submitted that a similar case is being heard at Kampala High Court.

However, dosage Magistrate Prossy Katushabe dismissed all the objections raised by Deputy DPP, cialis 40mg Caroline Nabasa.

The Magistrate ruled that the case was filed under the Police Act which gives powers to the Magistrate’s court to handle it.

On the immunity of the IGP and police commander, Katushabe ruled that having given time to the Attorney General to respond to the matter, her court is yet to receive any objection on grounds that the police chief can’t be sued.

She concluded that the police bosses were “rightly sued.”

Katushabe added that the civil proceedings in the High Court can’t stop hearing of criminal proceedings hence calling on all parties to file their submission to court by 3:00pm.

The Magistrate promised to issue a ruling on the main application tomorrow Tuesday.


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