Uganda drops charge against opposition leader, Kizza Besigye

Posted July 13, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 2,706 views


By Marc Hofer | AFP ~ Uganda’s chief prosecutor on Wednesday withdrew a charge of incitement to violence against opposition leader Kizza Besigye for leading anti-government protests in April.

The Director of Public Prosecution Richard Buteera did not however explain why the charge was dropped, according to a letter read out at a court outside Kampala where Besigye had turned up for hearing.

“This is to inform court that the director of public prosecution has decided to discontinue …the charge of inciting violence,” the letter said.

But the prosecutor upheld another charge of unlawful assemblywhose legality Besigye had challenged before the constitutional court.

Besigye launched a series of “walk to work” protests against rising fuel and food prices, accusing the government of poor management, but the demonstrations were violently suppressed by security forces.

“It is not surprising that (the prosecutor) has withdrawn the case. It simply goes to show how the state is using its machinery to oppress the opposition,” the opposition leader said.

Source: AFP News

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