Muntu told journalists at Parliament, where he had escorted Elijah Okupa and Angelina Osegge, the Kasilo County and Soroti MP respectively to take oath, that Besigyes incarceration is a sign of governments continued violation of the opposition rights.
Besigye appeared before Nakawa Chief Magistrate, James Eremye this morning in a court session that lasted only 10 minutes. He was formally charged with treason. Court heard that Besigye, the first runner up in the February 18 presidential elections, and others 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 was later remanded back to Luzira Prison until June 1 when the case is brought up for mention. Muntu told journalists at Parliament, where he had escorted Elijah Okupa and Angelina Osegge, the Kasilo County and Soroti MP respectively to take oath, that Besigye's incarceration is a sign of government's continued violation of the opposition rights.
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Muntu says the party will continue to carry out its defiance campaigns, regardless of threats from government. He however says FDC cannot push the campaign to Parliament, where its members are duly elected.
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Reagan Okumu, the FDC Vice President in charge of Northern region, scoffed at government for deploying heavily around court to intimidate the opposition.
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This is the second time Besigye is charged with treason in less than a week. He was on May 13 arraigned before Moroto Chief Magistrate, Charles Yeteise where he was charged with the same offence and remanded to Moroto government prison. He was later flown to Kampala and remanded to Luzira prison.