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Uganda’s Besigye re-arrested after bail

BY Tom Mugisha,

KAMPALA – Uganda’s opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye was on Wednesday re-arrested after a court in western district of Rukungiri had granted him bail.

Besigye was re-arrested together with the Forum for Democratic Change party Secretary for Mobilisation, Ingrid Turinawe, Patrick Amuriat, a candidate for the party presidency

The three were arrested on October 19 as they moved to address a rally in Kabale district. Police claim that the four-time FDC presidential candidate and his co-accused had commanded a procession in Rukungiri on October 18 where one person was killed.

Police stormed court premises and plucked him out of his car and drove him to unknown destination.

They were charged with two counts of inciting violence, malicious damage to property and disobedience of statutory duty. They pleaded not guilty. The case has been adjourned to November 16, 2017 for mention and setting of trial dates.

The arresting officers dragged the three to a waiting police van that drove them off through Kasensero Road.

Riot police fired teargas to disperse a group of people who had camped at court since morning when the three secured bail.

Kigezi Regional Police commander, Dennis Namuwoza, who earlier in the day said they wanted to ensure that Besigye and his colleagues do not drive through Rukungiri Municipality, declined to state where Besigye and his colleagues have been taken.  There was heavy deployment on all routes leading to Rukungiri town.

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