Government has been given up to November 16 to finalize with the investigation relating to the treason charges againstFDC’s Kizza Besigye. This was after Senior state attorney Deborah Itwau told Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s court that prosecution needed more time to conclude investigations into treason charges slapped against Dr Kizza Besigye.
Besigye appeared at Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court this morning amid tight security for mention of the treason charges that he is currently battling.
Once the state concludes its investigations, Besigye will be committed to the High Court to stand trial at the next convenient criminal session
Moments after the state submission, Besigye expressed displeasure about the delay in execution of the trial. Besigye had appeared before the court for mention of the case, which has been in the court system for close to six months.
The case has been in court since May and has always been extended for one reason or another.
This is the second time in 11 years that retired Col Kizza Besigye is battling with what he calls a trumped-up treason charge.
Back in 2006, Besigye and 22 others were charged with conspiring with rebels of the Joseph Kony-led Lord’s Resistance Army, the People’s Redemption Army [PRA] and other rebel groups to topple President Museveni’s government. DERRICK KIYONGA shows how the first case was consigned to oblivion.
This time, prosecution alleges that Besigye, a runner-up in the February 18 presidential election, and others still at large, between February 20 and May 11, planned to forcefully ascend to the Office of the President when he declared himself the elected president of Uganda via a video uploaded on social media platform, Youtube that went viral on the eve of President Museveni’s swearing-in function for the fifth elective term in office.
Section 23 of the Penal Code Act (PCA) states that a person commits treason when he/she levies war against Uganda; unlawfully causes or attempts to cause the death of the President or maim or disfigure him/her or aims at the person of the President any gun or offensive weapon whether it contains any explosive or destructive substance or not; (c) contrives any plot or act and expresses or declares such plot, act by any utterance or by any overt act in order, by force of arms, to overturn the government….
The same Act provides that once convicted of treason, one is liable to suffer death by hanging.