FDC Members Turn Nakawa Court into Church

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The adjournment evoked anger as members; clad in black tee-shirts with a portrait of Dr Kizza Besigye turned rowdy, heckled him and hurled insults in protest. They locked the doors and blocked journalists and politicians from leaving the court.

Drama ensued at Nakawa Chief Magistrate's Court when members of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change - FDC party turned the courtroom into a church.

This followed the adjournment of a court session in which former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye was expected to appear before Nakawa Chief Magistrate James Eremye for mention of a treason case against him.

However, Besigye was not presented to court as expected. Instead, prisons officials filed a request for a production warrant for Besigye to appear before Luzira Magistrate Court citing security reasons.

Senior Principle State Attorney Lino Anguzu told court that there is a proper court designated in Luzira where the distance from prison to the court is a lot shorter compared to Nakawa Court. He added that trying Besigye in Luzira would go a long way in minimizing any security threats against Besigye.

Magistrate James Eremye said a ruling on the request will be made on June 15.

The adjournment evoked anger as members; clad in black tee-shirts with a portrait of Dr Kizza Besigye turned rowdy, heckled him and hurled insults in protest. They locked the doors and blocked journalists and politicians from leaving the court.

After 30 minutes, they turned the court room into a prayer place, while singing hymns.
 
//Cue In: It is my prayer...
Cue Out:...king of Glory master//
 
//Cue In: Mukama katonda…
Cue Out:…amen//
 
One of the FDC members, Ingrid Turinawe told URN that the prayers were a show of protest with the courts of law for failure to deliver justice, not only Besigye but Ugandans.
 
//Cue In: We have prayed everywhere...
Cue out:...this is sad for our country//

The police, which had been deployed within and outside the court, looked on and did not stop the activists. They later walked out after the prayer session.

Besigye last appeared before the same court on May 18, in a session that lasted only 10 minutes.

During the session, 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.

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

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.