Court to Decide Besigye Case next Week

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Christopher Watyekere, Kasangati Grade one magistrate has set Tuesday 9th August as the date for his ruling in the case in which Kiiza Besigye; the FDC president is accused of disobeying traffic orders.

Christopher Watyekere, Kasangati Grade one magistrate has set Tuesday 9th August as the date for deciding whether Kiiza Besigye; the FDC president has a case to answer for disobeying traffic orders. He announced the date this afternoon after hearing submissions from David Mpanga, the lawyer for Besigye.
 
 
The FDC president was dragged to court for allegedly failing to obey lawful orders by Police officers in uniform during the walk-to-work protests in April. The incident occurred along Gayaza-Kampala road when Besigye was intercepted by police while walking to town to protest the high fuel and commodity prices.
 
 
David Mpanga, the lawyer for Besigye today asked court to acquit his client arguing that the prosecution had failed to establish whether the accused had a case to answer. Mpanga said that two police witnesses contradicted themselves casting doubt on their credibility as witnesses. Mpanga said that the cops failed to tell court whether there was an order stopping Besigye from walking on April 11th.


The prosecution closed its case last week after producing three witnesses to testify against Besigye. They are Collins Mukiite, the then in-charge of Kasangati police station, Patrick Maawa, a traffic police officer attached to Kansagati police and Bernard Kirya from Kampala Metropolitan East.
 
 
In her submission Gladys Nyanzi, the state prosecutor asked court to convict Besigye saying there was no contradiction in the statement from the state witnesses. In his ruling, Christopher Watyekere, Kasangati grade one magistrate said that he will give his ruling on 9th August.