Feb 9, 2023

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Uganda’s Kizza Besigye denied bail, sent to Luzira Prison

The Ugandan opposition leader and four-time presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye will remain in detention until July 1 after a court in Kampala refused to release him on bail on Friday June 17.

Dr. Besigye and his co-defendants Political activist Samuel Lubega Makaku was taken to Luzira prison after her arrest on June 14, barely a week after she was released on bail for protesting government inaction in downtown Kampala protested to cushion vulnerable Ugandans against soaring commodity prices.

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Buganda Road Court Judge, Asuman Muhumuza, on Friday, refused to bail Dr on the same charges or other offences.

Her lawyer, Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago, said they would appeal the decision.

< p>“What he (Mr. Muhumuza) has given as reasons for refusing you bail is purely political. He has not dealt with the matter of the law. He deals with political matters. One is innocent until the Ge has been proved. The two have never been convicted of a crime. This is something we cannot just let go of. We will be appealing this particular decision to the High Court,” Mr Lukwago told reporters at the Buganda Road Court.

This was the second time the court had faced similar charges against Dr.
It is expected to appear in the same court on Friday in the first count of incitement to violence for which they were released on bail last week.

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