By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: People’s Front for Transition leader Dr Kizza Besugye has in an unprecedented act declined to pay a cash bail of UGX 30 million that had been granted to him by the court saying it’s too “expensive”.
“I consider this an extension of the injustices I’ve faced for a long,” said Besigye.
“I have asked my lawyers to appeal it as I endure remand,” he added.
According to Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago his client Besigye opted to go to prison but tasked his lawyers to appeal against the UGX 30 million cash bond in a higher court.
“All the grounds were upheld but we were shocked that all that notwithstanding, she goes ahead to slap a big figure of shs30 million. This is a miscarriage of justice and our client is baffled by that decision,” Lukwago said
“For that matter, he has taken a stance of not soliciting any help to pay because he doesn’t have the money. Definitely, he is not going to pay. He has instructed us to file an appeal in the Court of Appeal to challenge this decision. He will be on remand as we argue out the appeal.”
Besigye was on Wednesday afternoon charged for incitement of violence over his recent protests against the skyrocketing commodity prices in the country.
Court presided over by Grade One magistrate, Siena Owomugisha told Besigye that he is accused of asking the public to join him in protests over the high commodity prices which tantamounted to inciting violence contrary to section 51(i) (b) of the Penal Code Act.
“On May 24th, at Arua Park, Muno village, Shauriyako parish in Kampala Central division without lawful excuse at an assembly made statements to members of the public indicating or implying that it would be desirable to demonstrate, an act which was calculated to lead to destruction or damage to property,” the magistrate read from the charge sheet.
When asked about the same, Besigye denied the charges and in response, the state prosecutor, Joan Keko asked for more time to enable investigations be completed.
Besigye who was arrested on Tuesday as he stormed the city centre in protest against the increasing commodity prices before he was detained at Naggalama Police Station in Mukono district arrived at the court amid a heavy downpour and tight police security.
The court was later adjourned to June 13 for mention of the case.