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Court Remands Besigye as He Refuses to Pay 30M Cash Bail

Kizza Besigye

The veteran Opposition politician Col. Kiiza Besigye has today been remanded to Luzira prison after being charged with incitement to violence.

Court presided over by Grade One Magistrate, Siena Owomugisha told that Besigye on May 24, 2022 at Arua Park – Munno Village in Kampala City, without any lawful excuse at an assembly addressed members of the public implying that it would be desirable for them to demonstrate, yet this act can result into violence and destruction of property.

Besigye who appeared before Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court in Kampala Besigye has been remanded to Luzira Prison after he refused to pay Shs30 million cash for his bail following his arrest over renewed protests against government inaction to cushion Ugandans against the skyrocketing commodity prices.

The former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president was arrested yesterday in downtown Kampala where he had gone to mobilise Ugandans to wake up and protest the high commodity prices as well as what he described as the stupid succession birthdays.

After his arrest, the People’s Front for Transition (PFT) leader, was whisked to Naggalama police station in Mukono District where he spent a night in the cells.

The four-time presidential candidate who presented former Bukooli Central MP and ex-Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu and FDC deputy secretary General Harold Kaija as his sureties pleaded not guilty to the charges before applying to be released on bail before Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court in Kampala and charged with incitement to violence.

After being denied chance to directly address court, the veteran opposition politician, through his lawyer, Mr Erias Lukwago, asked court to consider previous circumstances that led to his May 24 arrest before setting his bail conditions.

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He told the magistrate that despite a Constitutional Court order that restrained police from imprisoning him at his home, his rights to free movement had been curtailed since May 12, 2022 as police blocked him on three occasions from leaving his house in Kasangati, Wakiso District under the unlawful preventive arrest.

Besigye, through his lawyer also told court that since police has consistently violated his Constitutional right to earn a living, he should not be given a cash bail.

However, the magistrate in her ruling said she was not convinced with Besigyes plea before ordering him to pay Shs30 million cash, and bonded each of his sureties at Shs70 million not cash.
Besigye then opted to be remanded as his lawyers appeal against the cash bail condition for his release.

After court proceedings, Dr Besigye said he considers the cash bail condition as an extension of the injustices he has faced for long.

Buganda Rd Court, where Ive been charged with Inciting violence, has just granted me cash bail of Shs 30m! I consider this an extension of the injustices Ive faced for long. Ive asked my lawyers to appeal it as I endure remand. All Ugandans should stand firm Vs injustices, he tweeted.

He has been therefore been remanded to Luzira until July 16, 2022 for further hearing.

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