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Court Sends Besigye Back to Luzira Prison Over Inciting of Violence

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Kizza Besigye

Former presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye has been sent back to Luzira prison following his arrest as he protested against skyrocketing commodity prices on the budget day reading.

Before the court session yesterday at around 5pm, the security personnel erected several checkpoints from Central Police Station Kampala to the court and started restricting people seeking to enter the court premises.

At about 5.30pm, security personnel dressed in civilian clothes, some Members of Parliament, lawyers and other officials from Forum for Democratic Change party sat in Room 4 at Buganda Road Court and waited for the magistrate to read charges against the accused persons; Dr Besigye and Mr Samuel Lubega Mukaku.

At exactly 5.56pm, Magistrate Asuman Muhumuza entered the court room and read the charges to the accused persons.

Court heard that on June 14, 2022, at Nakivubo in Central Division, Kampala, Besigye, without lawful excuse at an assembly made statements to the members of the public, indicating or implying that it would be desirable to demonstrate, an act which was reportedly calculated to lead to destruction or damage to property, Mr Muhumuza read.

However, he rejected the bail application for the accused persons, reasoning that it was past court time.

Dr Besigye was arrested on Tuesday from downtown Kampala while protesting against high commodity prices and taken to Nagalama Police Station in Mukono District.

This was the second time Buganda Road Court was remanding Dr Besigye in a period of less than a month on similar charges.

Besigye is expected to appear before the same court today on the first case of inciting violence for which he was given court bail last week.

The leader of the Peoples Transition Group, Dr Kizza Besigye is attempting to mobilise Ugandans to rise up against the high cost of living, which he says is affecting vulnerable citizens.

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