Former opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader, Dr Kizza Besigye and embattled Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago have this evening been arraigned before court, two days and three days after they were respectively arrested and detained by police.
However, despite being produced before Buganda Road Court, the duo did not take plea on grounds that they had been in police detention beyond the constitutional 48 hour rule without being formally produced and charged in court.
Their lawyers Medard Ssegona and Abdu Katuntu, protested to court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Julius Borore and asked that their clients be set free since their constitutional rights were abused.
The lawyers argued that Lukwago, who was arrested on Monday at 11am at his home in Rubaga, should have been arraigned in court by Wednesday at 11am which was not done. They also argued the same for Dr Besigye saying he was arrested on Tuesday at 11am at Mini Price in downtown Kampala and that he should have been charged today 11am but it was not done.
The state had slapped a charge of being members of unlawful society contrary to section 58 of the Penal Code Act.
However, Magistrate Borore in a short ruling held that for now, he deems the charge to be fit and he entered a plea of not guilty for the two suspects.
Court realized each suspect on a non-cash bail of Shs40 million.
Surprisingly, the suspects who looked moody in the court dock were not asked to produce sureties to stand in for them like as it has been the practice.
Security in and around the court premises was tight with some roads like Buganda Road being cordoned off.
Prosecution led by Martin Rukundo, alleges that Dr Besigye and Lord Mayor and others still at large, on July 19 this year, Katonga Road in Kampala, held themselves as members of For God and My Country, (4GC) and Activists for Change, an unlawful society.
Lukwago, who is on the verge of being impeached, was arrested on Monday while he attempted to leave his home to come for the rally at Nakivubo Blue settlement to address his supporters about the implications of the KCCA Tribunal report that convicted him of abuse of office, incompetence and misconduct or misbehaviour.
Meanwhile, Dr Besigye was arrested around Min price in downtown Kampala after he beat security at his Kasangati residence and surfaced from a shopping mall before his supporters mobbed him.
The two were then released.