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Besigye, Mukaaku protest case resumes, adjourned again

Kizza Besigye (R) and Lubega Mukaaku in the dock

Kizza Besigye (R) and Lubega Mukaaku in the dock

Hearing of the 2022 inciting violence case against opposition doyen Kizza Besigye and Walter Lubega Mukaaku has been adjourned to March 15, 2024.

Besigye and Mukaaku are accused of allegedly staging an assembly at Kikuubo Shauriyako in Kampala on June 14, 2022, where they made statements indicating that it would be desirable to demonstrate against the government over skyrocketing prices of commodities in the country - an act that the prosecution claims was calculated to cause damage and destruction to property.      

The case resumed Wednesday at Buganda Road Magistrate's court with the cross-examination of two police officers including the former officer in charge of Kampala central police station (CPS) detective Godwin Agaba. The last state witness was produced in October 2022. Trial magistrate Winnie Nankya Jatiko had in the last session in January 2024, threatened to close the prosecution case after the accused person’s lawyers led by Erias Lukwago asked for dismissal of charges citing delayed trial. 

Lukwago told court that his clients were being persecuted and no evidence was being presented by the state or its witnesses. The director of public prosecutions (DPP) was directed to summon state witnesses or the case be closed. Agaba told court that he searched the accused persons, and in their car, registration number, UAK 733F, police recovered a megaphone and placards with different writings.

Agaba testified that the recovered placards contained words like; 'Transition Now', 'No succession', 'Time up out', 'Twegatte Tulumbe' among others which the prosecution says were meant to incite violence. The said megaphone and placards were displayed and tendered in court as prosecution exhibits.  

However, during the cross-examination by Besigye's lawyer, Lukwago, Agaba could not confirm whether the placards and megaphone belonged to Besigye and Mukaaku. The witnesses also failed to ably explain how the message on the placards disrupted the peace and caused the destruction of property in downtown Kampala.      

Both Besigye and Lukwago told journalists that the case was intended to expose and torture police officers who are reportedly being forced to testify and embarrass themselves before court. Before the stalling of the case in 2022, witnesses who testified mainly police officers such as David Nahamya, the head of operations at Kampala central police station said Besigye and Mukaaku’s actions caused commotion in downtown Kampala.

In October 2022, magistrate Muhumuza ordered the state to return Besigye’s vehicle which had been impounded but nearly years on, the vehicle is yet to be released to Besigye. In June 2023, the same court presided over by grade one magistrate Siena Owomugisha dismissed similar charges against Besigye for want of prosecution and set him free.

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0 #1 Akot 2024-02-18 17:38
Kizza Besigye should be the first to know his former friend, Rwandese Museveni, can only be stopped from torturing even him, through UNITY of Ugandans!

Why are Ugandans slaves of Rwandese Museveni & made themselves enemies of one another by working so so hard to ensure his lifetime rule, ownership of their land as his family herigate?

What will cost Ugandans if they say NO to the tribalistic system & UNITE to stop Museveni?
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0 #2 Lakwena 2024-02-19 14:41
In other words, who in his/her right state of mind can still deny that Ugandans are governed by people who have conscience.

And if a human being has no conscience, s/he is worse than a prehistoric beast.
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