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Courthouse Tensions: Besigye and Mukaaku Trial Echoes Government Opposition”



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High tension gripped Buganda Road Court as former FDC President, Dr. Kizza Besigye, and Political Activist Lubega Mukaaku, made a dramatic appearance for their trial. They faced charges related to alleged incitement of public violence during a downtown Kampala demonstration on June 14, 2022.

Amidst anticipation, the prosecution sought an adjournment, citing the absence of crucial police witnesses due to the NAM Conference. The defense, led by FDC President and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, strongly opposed the adjournment, labeling it as flimsy and false. Lukwago accused the prosecutor of perjury, emphasizing that the NAM/G77 Conferences had already concluded.

Dr. Kizza Besigye, in a subsequent press address, portrayed the trial as part of the government’s persecution of political opponents. He urged the courts to resist becoming pawns in what he deemed government schemes. Despite the courtroom theatrics, the trial was adjourned to February 14, 2024.

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