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Besigye Chooses to Stay in Prison  Over Paying 30M for His Freedom

Opposition leader, Kizza Besigye has chosen to stay in prison rather than pay Ugx 30M for his freedom. On Wednesday, Besigye was arraigned before Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court in Kampala where he was charged with inciting violence. He had been arrested a day before when he stormed the city to protest the rising commodity prices.

At the Buganda Road Court, Besigye pleaded not guilty, consequently applying for bail. His wish was granted but at a cost of Ugx 30M cash, and Ugx 70m for his sureties, not cash.

His sureties were former Bukooli Central MP and ex-Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu and FDC deputy secretary General Harold Kaija.

Besigye, however, refused to pay the 30M and told court through his lawyer Erias Lukwago that the amount asked for was an extension of injustices meted against him.

He said he would rather stay in jail than pay for the exorbitant amounts. His lawyers are going to appeal the bail condition.

The case will return for mention again on July 16, July.

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