Uganda Law Society Blasts Judiciary over Besigye trial

Uganda Law Society has criticized the manner in which the judiciary is handling the case of former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president Kizza Besigye.


Besigye, a four time presidential candidate currently on remand at Luzira prison on treason charges has been arrested several times since the February 18th presidential polls.

He was arrested a day to president Museveni swearing in ceremony, airlifted to Moroto, charged and later transferred to Luzira prison.

Addressing media yesterday, Uganda Law Society president Francis Gimara questioned judiciary independence when hearing political cases.

“Certain activities have been very strange…even when under criminal law you can charge in any part of the country, I think any lawyer will tell you the proper procedure is to bring  the person nearest to where the offence was committed,” Francis Gimira said referring to Besigye’s trial in Moroto district.

Recently, Uganda Law Society poured cold water on Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma’s order banning Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) defiance activities.

Gimara noted that Judiciary should not be used as an avenue handle disputes that essentially require political solutions.

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