Court dismisses case against Besigye and eight other opposition leaders


Court has dismissed the case in which former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president Dr Kizza Besigye along with eight other opposition politicians were charged for participating in illegal demonstrations in the country.
The decision by the Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate Lillian Bucyana was prompted by the state prosecutor’s failure to proceed with the case leaving it to court to decide.
Others accused people are Mr Mathias Mpuuga (MP Masaka Municipality), Ms Ingrid Turinawe (chairperson FDC women league), Mr Asuman Basaalirwa (Jeema party president), Mr Muwanga Kivumbi (Butambala County MP), Mr Francis Mwijukye (FDC youth mobiliser), Mr Munyagwa Mubaraka (Kawempe Division mayor) and Mr Chaapa Karuhanga (former presidential candidate).

“This case is here by dismissed due to lack of the prosecution witnesses,”Ms Bucyana ruled.
The opposition politicians had been charged with eight counts in relation to managing unlawful society, being members of an unlawful society, uttering speech calculated to encourage support to unlawful society and allowing meeting to be held within their premises.
Further, the state had alleged that between April 20, 2012 and January 23, 2013 in different locations in Uganda, the opposition politicians and others still at large, managed an unlawful society called ‘For God and My Country’ (4GC).
This is the second time in a space of less than three months, that court is discontinuing charges of participating in protests and fueling chaos in the city against opposition politicians.

On August 13,2014, the same court acquitted Dr Besigye and Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago over charges of participating in unlawful society on orders from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mike Chibita.
Shortly after the 2011 presidential elections, several opposition leaders including the nine started the ‘Walk-to-Work’ campaign to express their dissatisfaction against the rising cost of essential commodities and also to identify with the common person. This resulted in arrests and prosecution of opposition party leaders and members.
This development comes barely a day after opposition party leaders, including Dr Besigye were charged in a separate Kabale court for inciting violence, a case they allegedly committed in 2012.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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