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Hearing of assault case against former FDC president Kizza Besigye flops
Besigye, his driver Fred Kato, party president Patrick Amuria, Party Secretary for Mobilization, Ingrid Turianwe as well as Kawempe North MP Mubarak Munyagwa returned to court to answer charges of inciting violence, assault a police officer, holding an unlawful assembly, and malicious damage to property.

Supporters of the opposition, Forum for Democratic Change party spilled onto roads in Mbarara town as the party’s former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye drove through the town heading to a court hearing. Police allowed procession through town but blocked it as neared the court building.

 

Besigye, his driver Fred Kato, party president Patrick Amuria, Party Secretary for Mobilization, Ingrid Turianwe as well as Kawempe North MP Mubarak Munyagwa returned to court to answer charges of inciting violence, assault a police officer, holding an unlawful assembly, and malicious damage to property.

The prosecution alleges they committed the offence on November 14th, 2017. 

 

 

The five appeared before Mbarara Grade one magistrate Daphine Ayebale.

The hearing of the case could not proceed because the trial judge is away on leave.

Their lawyer Lydia Ahimbisibwe appealed to the court to prevail over the state to stop what she described as the  ‘kidnap’ of her clients.

The magistrate said all court orders must be respected.

 

Speaking to journalists after the court session, Besigye accused the state of using force to intimidate the opposition.

 

Speaking to journalists in the same venues, the FDC party president, Patrick Amuriat said the party would meet with his predecessor, Maj.Gen Mugisha Muntu amid calls from a section of party members that he should form his own party. Kizza Besigye on his part said all efforts towards regime change would be supported.

 

Mugisha Muntu is currently conducting countrywide consultations several weeks after divisive party presidential polls saw him lose his position to Patrick Amuriat