Dr. Besigye leaves Nakawa Magistrates court on Wednesday morning after his hearing

Former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye who has on Wednesday been returned to Luzira prison where he is facing treason charges will early next week be visited by Nakawa court Chief Magistrate James Mawanda Eremye.

This was after Dr Besigye while appearing before the court claimed that Luzira Prison authorities were violating his human rights and demanded for freedom to communicate to his supporters.

“As a political leader, I tried to send out a Ramadan message but I was informed that I don’t have that right,” Besigye told court.

The Forum for Democratic Change founder also asked court to give a time frame in which the state should conclude investigations.

“I want something coming up so we can have answers to Dr Besigye’s questions,” Magistrate Eremye Mawanda replied.

He also ordered that investigations into Besigye’s treason case should be expedited and the case was adjourned until July 13 when the case will be heard again.

“Court is a key stakeholder that does not condone violation of one’s rights and by 13 July when we return for this case. I am extremely disturbed by the delayed investigations in this case. I want to agree with you (Besigye) that investigations should be expedited,” he said.

“I will add my concern that as the state continue with this case, they should be mindful that the accused is denied rights if they delay investigations,” Eremye added.

Dr Besigye in the dock at Nakawa Magistrates Court before Nakawa court Chief Magistrate James Mawanda Eremye on charges of treason.
Dr Besigye in the dock at Nakawa Magistrates Court before Nakawa court Chief Magistrate James Mawanda Eremye on charges of treason.

About Dr Besigye’s concern that his supporters are blocked from accessing court,  Mr  Eremye said the ‘space is not enough for everyone’.

Roads leading to and around Nakawa court were on Wednesday morning sealed off ahead of Dr. Besigye's hearing.
Roads leading to and around Nakawa court were on Wednesday morning sealed off ahead of Dr. Besigye’s hearing.

On Tuesday, Dr Besigye told a group of 12 FDC MPs who visited him who visited him in Luzira that he would resume the defiance campaign as soon as he is released from related to the campaign he launched during the presidential elections and insists is legal.

“The struggle continues. Encourage our people. They should not lose hope. If I get bail, the defiance campaign will resume immediately,” Besigye was quoted as saying.