Mugisha Muntu: Government In Panic

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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.

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President, Major General Mugisha Muntu has described the rushed manner in, which Dr. Kizza Besigye, former FDC presidential candidate, was charged in court this as a sign of panic in government.


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.

 

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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.