Besigye Charged Afresh, Sent Back to Luzira Top story

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Besigye appeared in a court session that lasted only 10 minutes from 8am today. The session led by Nakawa Chief Magistrate James Eremye was attended by only Journalists and a few lawyers.

Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has formally been charged with treason at Nakawa Chief Magistrate Court and remanded back to Luzira prison.

Besigye appeared in a court session that lasted only 10 minutes from 8am today. The session led by Nakawa Chief Magistrate James Eremye was attended by only Journalists and a few lawyers.

Court heard that Besigye, a runner up in the February 18 presidential election, and others still at large, between February 20 and May 11, planned to forcefully ascend to the office of the president when he declared himself the elected president of Uganda. He is also accused of inciting residents to defy lawful orders to attend his illegal swearing in ceremony in a non-specified place.

He was remanded until June 1 when the case returns for mention.

After he was remanded, Besigye asked court to allow him to raise a matter of concern to his life. He told court that it has now become an official policy of police to persecute him. But Dorrem Elima, one of the prosecutors objected saying he was pre-empting the details of the case.

This is the second time that Besigye, a four-time presidential candidate is charged with treason in less than a week. He was on May 13th, arraigned before Moroto Chief Magistrate, Charles Yeteise and charged with the same offense and remanded to Moroto government prison.

However he was relocated to Luzira government prison after prosecution led by Moroto Resident State Attorney Peter Amalo requested to have Besigye's file relocated to Nakawa Court on grounds that the treason charges were allegedly committed in Kampala and Wakiso areas and not Moroto.

Further in the state's justification to have Dr Besigye's file transferred to Kampala, Amalo said his presence in Moroto prison had become a 'security threat' to the area.

But the decision by judiciary to re-charge Besigye has been described as time wasting by FDC Secretary General Nandala Mafabi.

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Besigye is contesting the outcome of the February 18 presidential election in which he emerged runner-up. Results by the Electoral Commission gave Yoweri Museveni, the National Resistance Movement - NRM party candidate a win over seven other contenders.  

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.