Dr Kizza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president along with eight other opposition politicians are today expected to appear at Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court to answer to charges in connection to participating in the illegal demonstrations in the country.
Also expected in the dock are; Mr Mathias Mpuuga (MP Masaka Municipality), Ms Ingrid Turinawe (chairperson FDC women league), Mr Asuman Basaalirwa (Jeema party president), Mr Muwanga Kivumbi (Butambala County MP), Mr Francis Mwijukye (FDC youth mobiliser), Mr Munyagwa Mubaraka (Kawempe Division mayor) and Mr Chaapa Karuhanga (former presidential candidate).
The nine opposition leaders are expected to enter plea to the charges of holding unlawful assemblies in the country.
The nine were summoned on May 16, by Chief Magistrate Olive Kasaarwe.
According to the charge sheet, the opposition politicians are charged with eight counts in relation to managing unlawful society, being members of an unlawful society, uttering speech calculated to encourage support to unlawful society and allowing meeting to be held within their premises.
Further the charge sheet alleges that between April 20, 2012 and January 23, 2013 in different locations in Uganda, the opposition politicians and others still at large, managed an unlawful society called ‘For God and My Country’ 4GC.
Mr Karuhanga faces a separate charge of allegedly allowing a meeting organised by these opposition politicians to be held at his residence.
Shortly after the 2011 presidential elections, several opposition leaders including the nine who are to appear in court tomorrow started the ‘Walked-to-Work’ campaign to express dissatisfaction against the rising cost of essential commodities and also to identify with the common person.
Police attempts to block these demonstrations often led to running battles on the streets between the opposition politicians and security agents with residents caught in between.