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Does popularity give anyone status above the law?

By Vision Reporter

Added 20th November 2005 03:00 AM

SIR — I respond to Mercy A. Kesiime’s letter in The New Vision of Friday, November 18 2005. She writes that Dr. Kizza Besigye “may have raped, so what?” I think this is very unfortunate.

SIR — I respond to Mercy A. Kesiime’s letter in The New Vision of Friday, November 18 2005. She writes that Dr. Kizza Besigye “may have raped, so what?” I think this is very unfortunate. With all due respect to the retired colonel, a criminal case cannot be overturned by time and the people of Uganda should trust the courts of law and pray that the truth be revealed. If the Police and Intelligence get information that somebody, in this case a presidential candidate, popular or not, has links to a rebel organisation and the International watchdogs, UN in this case, confirms the presence of that rebel organisation, what happens?
- Does ‘popularity’ take somebody above the law?
- Does being a presidential aspirant give someone a status above the law?
- Does one month to election stop the law from taking its course?
- If somebody reports a rape, does it have to have been carried out last night? We should accept to have this as a test of our judicial system. Let there be open court sessions so that Ugandans here and abroad and all interested friends to the country follow all the proceedings. Time will tell who was right. This is a political stage of the country, not the end of the world. Unnecessary excitement and opportunism threaten to take the country back to chaos. My appreciation to the security organs for returning calm to the city. Let everybody get on with their work and pray for justice for Dr. Besigye. I pray that we continue to have peace in Uganda. For God and my country.
Rayvon Bashara
Kampala

Does popularity give anyone status above the law?

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