VOICE OF REASON: Dr Winnie Byanyima, the Oxfam boss and wife to presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye.
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Oxfam International ED Winnie Byanyima on Thursday visited her jailed husband Dr. K Kizza Besigye who is on remand at Luzira Prisons over treason charges.

Uganda’s opposition kingpin was on Wednesday arraigned in Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s Court and charged with treason afresh after his previous appearance in a similar court in Moroto District.

Ms. Byanyima after the visit tweeted: “He is in the cell with two others. They cook their own food and eat together. He wears a yellow prisoner uniform but strong physically and in will.

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“Kizza Besigye is concerned about lawlessness and persecution by Uganda Police Force and it’s illegal militias. Masked men followed him to Moroto.

“He is also concerned about Uganda’s Judiciary which is acting in collusion with police to persecute him and he was dragged to court without lawyers and outside official hour.

“He calls on Ugandans to remain firm in face of persecution and humiliation by a guilty and frightened illegitimate regime.

“He will prove his innocence if court acts justly but Judiciary UG is colluding with lawless Uganda Police Force to persecute him.

“I was delighted to meet Dr. Stella Nyanzi and her lovely children at Luzira Prisons. Her work is important and should not to be confused with her Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) battles.

Mr Besigye was the main challenger to President Yoweri Museveni in the country’s recent general election, which Mr. Museveni won by a landslide.

Mr Besigye was arrested on Wednesday in downtown Kampala and flown to Moroto, where he has been in custody ever since.

It follows a series of arrests of the opposition leader during the election campaign.