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Winnie Police Bond Extended

By Vision Reporter

Added 12th April 2001 03:00 AM

THE Mbarara Municipality MP, Winnie Byanyima's Police bond was yesterday extended to next Tuesday. The Criminal Investigations Department did not interrogate her further as expected.

THE Mbarara Municipality MP, Winnie Byanyima's Police bond was yesterday extended to next Tuesday. The Criminal Investigations Department did not interrogate her further as expected.

By Davis Weddi THE Mbarara Municipality MP, Winnie Byanyima's Police bond was yesterday extended to next Tuesday. The Criminal Investigations Department did not interrogate her further as expected. Byanyima yesterday reported to the CID headquarters at midday, flanked by her lawyers, husband Col. Kizza Besigye and sister Edith Byanyima. Her husband and sister were not allowed into the premises. She was on Tuesday released on Police bond after four hours of questioning over statements she made on the Kenyan KTN television recently. "They are not ready for a case against me," Byanyima told journalists adding, "I did not commit any crime. This is political harassment." Besigye was with her before going to attend the election petition proceedings. Byanyima promised to give a statement on the matter to Parliament later in the afternoon. The Assistant Commissioner of Police in-charge of crime, Mr. Godfrey Bangirana, yesterday declined to talk to The New Vision about the matter, saying the paper refused to give the Police a report on their interview with Byanyima at Entebbe Airport on Saturday night. Emmy Allio transcribed Byanyima's March 31 interview on KTN. Byanyima appears on the veranda of a Nairobi hotel in a white and black flowered kitenge dress with her son, Anselm. KTN: Mother and son, step by step. The younger Besigye not left behind in this extremely political family, that of Dr. Kizza Besigye, the man who gave President Yoweri Museveni the toughest challenge to his 15 years of rule. His wife, Winnie Byanyima, is no less articulate. And how about little Anselm who won't simply be quiet in front of a microphone. Winnie, who is a Member of Parliament for Mbarara Municipality, maintains the recent elections could neither have been free nor fair. (Footage shows Besigye addressing a rally in Masaka.) Byanyima: I am sure President Museveni gave himself an extra 30% points or more in this election. KTN: She says Museveni started well after they came to power in 1986 through an armed struggle. But his economic reforms have since come to nought. Byanyima: The economy is undermined by all the military adventures he has engaged in the Congo. KTN: She claims 40% of Uganda's budget is spent on military exercises in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three rebel groups in that country, she says, are being sponsored by Museveni, and that is not all. Byanyima: He is training Interahamwe genocidaire against the government of Kagame. (the Rwandan president) He is training SPLA guerrillas against the government of Sudan. KTN: The outcome of Uganda's presidential polls raises questions about the Movement system of government. Winnie embraces multipartyism. Byanyima: Through multipartyism, you introduce competition. KTN: The election dispute is now in Uganda's courts. But the opposition politicians say Museveni has offered all what he was ever going to offer. Byanyima: He doesn't have much contribution to make in the political arena. KTN: For now, Winnie spends her energy in balancing political duties with family obligations, like taking care of Anselm who may just some day be the flagship of the struggle whose end remains uncertain. Ends

Winnie Police Bond Extended

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