UGANDA’S OPPOSITION LEADER, KIZZA BESIGYE CHARGED WITH TREASON IN A KAMPALA COURT

Uganda’s Opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye has been formally charged with treason at Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s court in Kampala. Besigye a four-time presidential candidate and a runner-up in the February presidential polls appeared before Chief Magistrate James Eremu Mawanda.

Prosecution informed court that investigations into the case were incomplete and the magistrate sent Besigye on remand to Luzira Prison till June 1st 2016.

While in the dock Besigye told the magistrate: “I have been persecuted for over 5 years and I have been charged with 50 offenses but I have not been given a chance to defend myself.”

Kizza Besigye being arrested by Ugandan authorities during the February General Elections in Uganda
Kizza Besigye being arrested by Ugandan authorities during the February General Elections

He added that after the February general elections, he was put under illegal detention for over 40 hours in un-gazzetted place. Sections 23 of the penal code act states that a person charged with treason is liable to suffer death sentence upon conviction.