Besigye Finally Declines to Pay Shs30m Bail Cash After Being Remanded

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Dr Kizza Besigye through his lawyers declined to pay the cash bail on May 25 which got him remanded to Luzira Prison on Wednesday after being charged with incitement of violence.

On Wednesday, the four time presidential candidate and the leader of People’s Transition Group leader, Dr Kizza Besigye was granted a cash bail of Shs30m by Grade One Magistrate Siena Owomugisha.

However, the Peoples Front for Transition leader declined to pay the cash bail which got him remanded to Luzira Prison.

I would rather endure remand than pay Shs30m cash for bail, he said.

However, On Thursday, Dr Besigye through his lawyers of Lukwago & Co. Advocates filed an appeal before the High Court Criminal Division seeking revision and setting aside of the Shs30m cash bail.

The learned magistrate grade one of Buganda Road Chief Magistrates court in imposing an unconscionable condition for bail which substantially differed from the terms set for other accused persons arrested with him exercised her jurisdiction with material irregularity, the lawyers state in a court document reads in part.

The court document further indicates that the decision of the magistrate to grant bail on stringent terms derogated upon Dr Besigyes right to a fair hearing and other civil liberties.

In support of the notice of motion, in his affidavit, Mr Chrisestom Katumba one of Dr Besigyes lawyer stated that the police force and army put the latter under house detention on May 12,2022, violently restraining his movements and barred him from executing his duties or doing any business.

The lawyer further brought court to notice that Dr Besigye was on May 24 blocked and brutally arrested downtown Kampala- by police and military personnel who dragged him to the Central Police Station where he spent a night in a dungeon.

According to Mr Katumba Dr Besigye was arrested with Samuel Lubega Mukaaku, Yoweri Kintu who was charged before another magistrate with obstructing police officers on duty and Fred Kato charged with a traffic offence however the two were granted a non-cash bail while Kato was handed cash bail of Shs1m.

Prosecution states that on May 24, Dr Besigye while at Arua Park, Muno Village, Shauriyako Parish, Central Division in Kampala, without lawful excuse at an assembly made statements to members of the public indicating that it would be desirable to demonstrate an act which was calculated to lead to destruction or damage to property.

He was then charged with inciting of violence therefore being remanded to Luzira prison.

Jolliebest Kasajja
Jolliebest Kasajja
Jolliebest Kasajja is a Ugandan Photo Journalist, Influencer, Photo and Videographer, Nnews Editor and Critic for African Politics.
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