Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court has today issued criminal summons against former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye over the treason charges he is currently facing, following his failure to appear in Court.
Kizza Besigye was granted bail on 11th June 2016 by High Court judge Wilson Masalu Musene of Shs100 million not cash and each of the four sureties that Besigye presented were also bonded Shs100million not cash.
Besigye was meant to appear in court on Monday however being a public holiday. His appearance was deferred to Tuesday. However he did not show up since he is out of the country. One of Besigye’s surety, Mr Nathan Nandala Mafabi, Rukungiri told court that Besigye was out of the country and hence was unable to attend court.
The absence of Dr. Besigye in court prompted state prosecutor Doreen Elima to ask court to issue criminal summons for him. She also told the court that investigations into the treason case for which Besigye is charged were not yet complete and asked the Judge to give the state more time.
Subsequently, trial Grade One Magistrate Christine Nantege issued the criminal summons for the opposition leader for October 12.
“Criminal summons are issued against the accused (Dr. Besigye) for October 12…” Magistrate Nantege said.
In the bail ruling, Dr Besigye was ordered to report to the registrar of the court once every two weeks starting July 26.
At his last court appearance exactly a month ago, Dr. Besigye wondered why the state is taking very long to conclude the investigations into his treason case and yet he has conceded to the charges preferred against him.
Dr. Besigye, the former Presidential candidate in the 2016 elections was arrested in May and charged with treason. The arrest was after he and his FDC party had allegedly released a video which he held a mock swearing-in ceremony to protest what he claimed was a fraudulent election in February.
In a related incidence this morning, Police arrested two Forum for Democratic Change officials including party deputy secretary General Harold Kaija, Moses Owori the Tororo FDC Chairperson for storming DRC embassy in Kololo.
This comes few days after the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change, on Friday accused government of colluding with DRC of trading prisoners for “selfish political reasons”.
The group was led by Francis Mwijukye MP Buhweju, Moses Byamugisha who stormed the embassy seeking to meet the ambassador and present to him a petition in relation to FDC activists Sam Mugumya and four others who were arrested in 2014.
The Group however was stopped to from entering the embassy before being asked to explain their motive at the premises by the security.
The argument between the police led by Mwesigwa Samson OC Jinja road police station started and in process two officials arrested and taken to Jinja road police station.
The duo was charged before the Nakawa Magistrates’ Court and released on a non-cash bail of Shs1 million each.