Opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa are currently appearing before Agatonica Mbabazi, the Kabale Chief Magistrate, for the hearing of their longstanding case of inciting violence and causing malicious damage.
The former FDC presidential candidate had earlier missed a court appearance in June because he was in jail on treason charges. Besigye has since been released on bail, paving the way for him to be in Kabale for today’s court session.
Besigye’s other co-accused include Ingrid Turinaawe, FDC secretary for mobilization, Roland Kaginda, Rukungiri municipality MP, Imam Makumbi, the Mbarara DP chairperson. The five opposition leaders’ procession in Kabale town this morning sent the usually silent south western town into commotion.
The politicians are accused of inciting violence during their rally in Kabale Municipality stadium in 2012. Prosecution claims Besigye and others injured four police officers and vandalized three police vehicles.
This morning, Police heightened security in Kabale municipality, deploying several patrol vehicles and water cannons trucks along the major roads . Several police officers are also strategically deployed near FDC party offices at Humura House along the Kabale – Katuna road where party members are expected to hold a meeting with Besigye after the court appearance.