National
Besigye appears before Court over death of top cop
Publish Date: Mar 28, 2012
Besigye appears before Court over death of top cop
Opposition leader Kizza Besigye
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Darious Magara

SECURITY is tight at Buganda Road Court as opposition leader Kizza Besigye appears to answer charges linked to the recent city violence that resulted in the murder of Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) John Bosco Ariong.

The criminal summons for Besigye and 14 others were issued on Monday by Chief Magistrate Eleanor Khainza. They are expected to to take plea on four counts of managing unlawful society, contrary to Section 56 and 57 of Uganda's Penal Code Act.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Richard Butera preferred charges against them. Ariong was hit with a blunt object, purportedly a rock thrown from a building on Ben Kiwanuka Street, as Police dispersed a crowd of Activists mainly from the opposition political parties, who were in a procession.

Other suspects are Kampala Lord  Mayor Erias  Lukwago, FDC  Women  League  boss  Ingrid Turinawe, Kawempe Division Mayor Mubaraka Munyagwa, Kampala  Woman MP  Nabilah Ssempala, and FDC woman activist Catherine Dembe. 

Besigye described the charges as politically motivated arguing that Government does not have evidence to sustain the case.

The heavy deployment at Court follows a Police warning that the suspects were mobilizing hooligans to engage in criminal acts, and unlawful processions, in the guise of escorting them to and fro the Court.

Police spokesperson Asuman Mugenyi said that in the recent past, such unlawful processions have degenerated into chaos; leading to riots, loss of life and damage to property.

“Persons are charged for criminal offences in their individual capacities, and their appearance in Courts of Law should not be politicized,” he said in a statement.

“The Police shall not allow any unlawful processions and assemblies to be held, on the pretext of ‘escorting’ individuals to court.  We would like to advise the members of the public that, while Courts of Law are open to the public, the Court rooms can only accommodate a finite number of people.

Mugenyi said for security and convenience of the Courts and the public, not all persons who turn up will be allowed into the Court premises.


 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Gambian government bans sports betting
The statement says sports betting shops are to stop operations with immediate effect....
Good news in the failed HIV trial
The disappointing results from a trial of a vaginal gel in South Africa will not disappoint researchers, a regional HIV prevention research expert, Dr Patrick Ndase said. Instead, it makes the ongoing trial in Uganda more hopeful for better results...
FDC hails Museveni over Nyombi sacking
The opposition’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has hailed President Yoweri Museveni for dropping Peter Nyombi from Cabinet as Attorney General, saying it was ong overdue....
East African youths want land transfer addressed
This is a general problem with land in our rural community settings in East Africa. It is worsened by the rapid population growth and also by the fact that land is a fixed asset and it is transferred from one generation to another....
Bill Gates tops Forbes Billionaire list 2015
Bill Gates is once again the richest person on the planet, a title he has held for 16 of the past 21 years. His fortune grew $3.2 billion since last year to $79.2 billion....
Namibian president Pohamba wins $5m African prize
Outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba has been announced as the winner of the Mo Ibrahim award for African leadership - a lucrative prize worth millions of dollars....
Related Stories
Do you think government is doing enough to contain the typhoid out break?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter