Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye was on July 12, released on a non-cash bail and ordered to report to the Deputy Registrar of the Criminal Division of the High Court once every two weeks.
The bail application hearing had initially been scheduled for tomorrow. However, in celebration of Eid-el-Fitr, the presiding judge decided to push it to Monday July 11, Solomon Muyita, the Senior Communications Officer of the Judiciary says.
The state was scheduled to present its fourth witness into the hearing of the case but prosecutor Joseph Kyomuhendo asked Magistrate presiding Grade One Magistrate Freddie Egesa to allow them withdraw from the case since the state had lost interest in the matter.
Besigye also noted that investigations into threats on his life have been slow yet state had asked for two weeks to conclude. He further revealed that the prisons authorities are violating his rights by refusing him to communicate with his supporters.
The fixing of this main petition comes barely a week after the Attorney General withdrew an application seeking to extend the ban against the defiance campaign activities. The campaign, organized by Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party was to protest the outcome of the February 18 presidential election.
FDC President General Mugisha Muntu says that the failure by the state to produce former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye in court today is an exposure of the attempts by government to stifle opposition space.
The adjournment evoked anger as members; clad in black tee-shirts with a portrait of Dr Kizza Besigye turned rowdy, heckled him and hurled insults in protest. They locked the doors and blocked journalists and politicians from leaving the court.
The decision was taken after Grade One Magistrate Prossy Katushabe ruled over objections raised earlier by the State Prosecutor Caroline Nabasa in respect to the jurisdiction of the court and the sued entities.
FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda told a news conference today that it has been impossible for their candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye to file a petition because he has remained under continuous police detention both at home and in different police stations since the declaration of results.
Prior to their arrest, the group implored youths across the country to rise up and resist arbitrary arrests by the Uganda Police. Kennedy Oluma, from the Uganda Federal Alliance said that if not controlled, such actions will deny the young generation an opportunity to take up leadership.
Dr Kizza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president along with eight other opposition politicians are tomorrow expected to at Buganda Road Chief Magistrateâ€™s Court to answer to charges in connection to participating in the illegal demonstrations in the country.
Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) has dismissed claims by Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President Kizza Besigye that it owes him Shillings 21 million, which he allegedly paid to air out his campaign messages in last yearâ€™s presidential elections but were never aired.
Christopher Watyekere, Kasangati Grade one magistrate has set Tuesday 9th August as the date for his ruling in the case in which Kiiza Besigye; the FDC president is accused of disobeying traffic orders.