Court Adjourns Mention of Besigye's Treason Case

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In his ruling, James Mawanda Eremye, the Nakawa Chief Magistrate ruled that since the state isnt ready to proceed with the case, he will adjourn the mention of Kizza Besigyes treason case for a longer period to allow the state to complete investigations.

James Mawanda Eremye, the Nakawa Chief Magistrate has adjourned the mention of Dr. Kizza Besigye's treason case to allow prosecution time to complete its investigations into the matter.

Mawanda made the ruling this morning following a request by the State Prosecutor, Doreen Elima for more time to conclude the investigations.

Elima told court that given the fact that treason is a capital offense, it requires exhaustive investigations to collect all the required evidence. She said that although the law requires that investigations are completed within six months, there should be an exception given the gravity of the matter before court.

However, in his response, Besigye asked the state to abandon the case if it has failed to complete investigations and only rearrests him once the investigations are complete.

"These charges they prefer against me are aimed at weakening me into submitting to this regime. I won't," he said.

He said it is a total waste of tax payer's money and his resources to keep dragging him to court, yet there are so many prisoners who haven't seen a day in court, who need to be attended to. 

Besigye also said because of being charged with a capital offense, he can't even access a bank loan for his businesses.

James Mawanda Eremye, the Nakawa Chief Magistrate ruled that since the state isn't ready to proceed with the case, he will adjourn the court for a longer period to allow the state to complete its investigations. He therefore adjourned the mention to August 12th.

Besigye was dragged to court by the state in May for allegedly declaring himself winner of the disputed February 18th polls and swearing in himself as president.

The Nakawa chief magistrate's court remanded him to Luzira Maximum Prison on May 18th. He applied for bail on grounds of his advanced age, his previous conduct while on bail and presentation of substantial sureties. 

He was released by Justice Wilson Masalu Musene on Tuesday on a non-cash bond of Shillings 100 million after spending close to sixty days on remand.

 

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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.