Uganda: Police to Quiz Wafula, Biriggwa Over Besigye Swearing-in

Three Forum for Democratic Change party leaders are expected to appear at the Special Investigations Division of the Uganda Police today after skipping yesterday's summonses in which they had to record statements in connection with their alleged presence at an illegal presidential swearing in.

Police say out-going leader of the Opposition Wafula Oguttu, FDC party chairman Wasswa Biriggwa, and former MP and FDC treasurer Geoffrey Ekanya, concealed treason when they witnessed Dr Kizza Besigye, the former party presidential candidate, illegally swearing in as the president of Uganda.

Dr Besigye was charged with treason in Moroto Magistrate's Court on Friday and remanded to prison.

Mr Fred Enanga, the police spokesman, said the summoned FDC officials contacted them after skipping the police invitation that they were unable to appear since their lawyers had travelled upcountry.

"They have promised to show up tomorrow (today) at the same place," Mr Enanga said.

The summonses follow a video clip on social media in which Dr Besigye was swearing in as the president of Uganda.

The Electoral Commission declared Dr Besigye as first runner-up in the February presidential polls. However, the three-time presidential candidate contested results saying the elections were rigged in favour of the incumbent President Museveni.

According to summonses signed by Mr Mark Odongo, the SID commandant, each was supposed not to fail to appear at his office on Monday. "I was expecting them here at 9am. I am still waiting for them," Mr Odongo said.

Concealment of treason is a capital offence that is only tried in the High Court.

Police said the trio witnessed the illegal swearing in are FDC party officials, but they neither prevented the illegal oath nor did they inform the police or any other official specified in the law about it.

Source: The Monitor


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