Uganda: Court grants bail to Opposition Icon Kizza Besigye, Asked to refrain from ‘Defiance’

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A high court in Uganda’s capital Kampala has granted bail to Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye, as he continue to battle treason charges.

“Having weighed all the circumstances and factors one after the other (Advanced age, attending previous court sessions and the sureties presented), I am inclined to grant bail to the applicant,” judge Musalu Musene said.

The opposition icon was asked to present a non cash bond of Uganda shillings 100 million, and also sign another to ensure that he doesn’t “breach peace”. His four sureties were also ordered to pay a non cash bond of 100 million shillings.

The sureties included; FDC party president Mugisha Muntu, General Secretary of FDC party, Mr Nathan Nandala Mafabi, a party member of Parliament Roland Mugume and Kampala (Rubaga) Division mayor, Joyce Ssebugwawo.

The judge cautioned Besigye to refrain from acts of violence and preserve peace in the community until case is disposed-off. Besigye was then ordered to report to the registrar of the court once every two weeks starting July 26, 2016.

A state attorney had objected to Besigye’s bail application saying he had not provided court with enough documented evidence such as a birth certificate indicating his age.

On the issue of defiance campaign, the prosecutor said Besigye had defied court orders and went ahead with his defiance activities but the judge in his ruling said the matter is before the Constitutional Court and therefore it would be subjudice to talk about it.

Immediately after the ruling, Besigye’s supporters sang the Uganda National Anthem in excitement. Besigye was led back to court holding cells as they process his release forms. This bail application arose on June 7 when Besigye through the prison authorities, applied to be released on bail pending the hearing of the treason case whose date has not yet been fixed.

The ruling of Besigye’s bail application was conducted under tight security

With Files from Daily Monitor

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