Buganda Road Court has revoked the warrant of arrest issued against Dr. Kiiza Besigye and his co-accused Samuel Walter Lubega Mukaaku on 27th July 2023 for contempt of court twice.
On Friday, Besigye and his lawyer Musa Matovu appeared before the trial Magistrate Asuman Muhumuza to proceed with the case of inciting violence where the duo through their Lawyer asked court to remove the warrant of arrest issued to them basing on section 28 of the constitution which gives mandate to any person to be represented by a lawyers in court.
This convinced Magistrate Muhumuza to revoke the warrant of arrest against Besigye and even extended that of his co-accused Mukaaku who travelled to UK for treatment until he provides the proof for his travel to court.
The trial magistrate has now adjourned the case to September 29th, 2023.
Besigye and Mukaaku were arrested in June last year while protesting against the skyrocketing prices of commodities in the country.
The prosecution accuses them of staging an illegal assembly at Kikuubo Shauriyako Parish in Kampala Central Division where they allegedly made statements indicating that it would be desirable to demonstrate, which was an act calculated to cause damage and destruction of property.
So far prosecution witnesses who have testified in the case include David Nahamya the Head of Operations at Kampala Central Police Station-CPS who said that Besigye and Mukaaku’s actions caused commotion downtown and disrupted businesses.
Nahamya said that he was at CPS when he was called by the officers in the CCTV room informing him that there was a group of people gathered at the Qualicel building at Mini Price which had caused a lot of commotion.
He further explained to the court that as an officer in charge of operations, he had to mobilize a number of junior police officers to go and find out what had caused the gathering.