Buganda Road Court Adjourns Besigye’s Incitement Case to January

Court at Buganda Road has today adjourned the case in which four time presidential candidate, Dr. Kiiza Besigye and politician Samuel Walter Lubega Mukaku are charged with incitement of violence resulting from their protests against increase in commodity prices largely experienced earlier this year.  

Grade One Magistrate Asuman Muhumuza adjourned the case to 18th, January, 2023 after Samuel Ronald Wanda, one of the lawyers representing the duo told court that Besigye and his lead counsel Kampala Capital City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago were unwell and hence unable to appear before court.  

Speaking to media after the court session, Besigye’s co-accused, Mukaku confirmed that his colleague was sick and that it is he (Besigye) who requested that court adjourns the matter to a later date in the near future when he is fit to appear. 

Dr. Besigye and Mukaku were arrested from down town on 24th, May, 2022 and charged the following day at Buganda Road Court with incitement to violence, contrary to section 51 (1) (b) of the Penal Code Act. They were granted a cash bail of 30 million shillings but they rejected it reasoning that the amount was alot.

The two later applied to the High Court challenging the bail term and the amount  was reduced to three million shillings. On 14th, June, 2022, while on bail, the two were again arrested from town, still mobilizing people to protest against government’s failure to provide solutions to the increasing commodity prices that have made life difficult to several Ugandans.

They applied to court for bail but in a decision delivered on 17th, June, 2022, the Buganda Road Court Magistrate Asuman Muhumuza denied the two bail arguing that there is no guarantee that the two shall not be re-arrested on the same charges or other offences. Later, they secured bail.

Besigye started a campaign to awaken Ugandans to raise against the increasing commodity prices in May 2022 calling on Ugandans to speak up and take action. He blamed the government for failing to protect Ugandans and stabilize the economy.

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