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Hearing of Besigye Case Resumes After More than a Year :: Uganda Radionetwork

Hearing of Besigye Case Resumes After More than a Year

In his testimony, Agaba has told Court that he searched the accused persons and their car registration number UAK 733F where he recovered a megaphone and placards with different writings.
Accused Persons Samuel Lubega Mukaaku (Left) and Dr Kizza Besigye (Right) at Buganda Road Court.

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  The Hearing of the case   in which opposition politicians Dr Kizza Besigye and Walter Lubega Mukaaku are accused of inciting violence  resumed at Buganda Road Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Trouble for Besigye and Mukaaku stems from their June 14th, 2022 protest against the skyrocketing prices of commodities in the country.

The Prosecution alleges that on June , 14th 2022.Dr.Besigye and Mukaaku allegedly staged an assembly at Kikuubo Shauriyako in Kampala where they are to have made statements indicating that it would be desirable to demonstrate which the prosecution said was an act calculated to cause damage and destruction to property.      

The trial resumed with two police officers including former officer in charge Central Police Station -CPS Detective Godwin Agaba  after the last witness was produced in October 2022 .    The trial Magistrate Grade one, 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. 

They told Court that they were being persecuted and no evidence that the prosecution had summoned its witnesses. 

The DPP was directed to summon its witnesses or  the case would be closed. Prosecution  led  by State Attorney, Ivan Kyazze been presented more witnesses in the case.  

Agaba told Court that he searched the accused persons and their car registration number UAK 733F where he recovered a megaphone and placards with different writings.

  Agaba said that on 14 June 2022, he was attached to CPS Kampala as a Division Region CID boss when both Besigye and Mukaaku were arrested from down town and taken to CPS Kampala. Agaba testified that the recovered placards contained words like Transition Now, No

succession, time up out, Twegatte Tulumbe among others which prosecution says were meant to incite violence.   

The said megaphone and placards were displayed and tendered in court as prosecution exhibits.  

  However in cross examination by Dr Besigye's lawyer Erias Lukwago, Agaba could not confirm whether the placards and megaphone belonged to Dr Kizza Besigye and Mukaaku.     

The witnesses also failed to ably explain how the message on the placards disrupted the peace and caused destruction of property in down town.     The hearing has been pushed to March 15th 2024.        

Both Dr Besigye and his lawyer Erias Lukwago told journalists after court that the case was intended to torture police officers whom are reportedly being forced to testify.

  //Cue in: “Oleeta abasajja nobafula…

Cue out: …tetujakukivako”.//

  Prior to 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 down town and business went on standstill.

In October 2022, Magistrate Muhumuza ordered the State to return Besigye’s vehicle which had been impounded. 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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