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Besigye Rejects Shs 30m Cash Bail, Remanded to Luzira Prison

By Melanie Aanyu,

Former presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye has been remanded to Luzira Prison after he refused to pay Shs30 million cash for his bail following his arrest over renewed protests against government inaction to cushion Ugandans against the skyrocketing commodity prices.

The former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president was arrested in downtown Kampala where he had gone to mobilise Ugandans to ‘wake up’ and protest the high commodity prices as well as what he described as the ‘stupid succession birthdays’.

After his arrest, the People’s Front for Transition (PFT) leader, was whisked to Naggalama police station in Mukono District where he spent a night in the cells.

He was yesterday (Wednesday) arraigned before Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kampala and charged with incitement to violence.

State told court presided over by Grade One Magistrate, Siena Owomugisha that Besigye on May 24, 2022 at Arua Park – Munno Village in Kampala City, without any lawful excuse at an assembly addressed members of the public implying that it would be desirable for them to demonstrate, yet this act can result into violence and destruction of property.

The four-time presidential contender pleaded not guilty to the charges before applying to be released on bail.

He presented former Bukooli Central MP and ex-Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu and FDC deputy secretary General Harold Kaija as his sureties