Govt Suppression Could Incite Population – Opposition

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In short
FDC President General Mugisha Muntu says that the failure by the state to produce former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye in court today is an exposure of the attempts by government to stifle opposition space.

The Forum for Democratic Change - FDC party says attempts by the state to continually suppress the opposition are bound to incite the Ugandan population.

FDC President General Mugisha Muntu says that the failure by the state to produce former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye in court today is an exposure of the attempts by government to stifle opposition space.

His comments came after the prisons authorities stated that Dr Besigye, currently in Luzira prison over treason charges, could not be produced in court today for security reasons. The state instead requested that Besigye appears at another court in Luzira.

But Muntu told journalists that such actions might push the population to challenge this through protests and demonstrations.
 
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One of Besigye's lawyers Medard Lubega Seggona mocks the judiciary describing it as merely an extension of the oppression by the state.
 
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Similarly, Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze condemned the failure by court to inform Besigye's lawyers that he would not be produced before court today.

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Besigye is expected to appear in court on June 15, when the magistrate, James Eremye will deliver a ruling on government's request to transfer his case in Luzira court.

 

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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.