Kabale Chief Magistrate’s Court has Friday dismissed the case in which former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president Dr Kizza Besigye along with five other opposition politicians were charged for inciting violence and maliciously damaging police cars.
The offences were allegedly committed in Kabale town in 2012.
In the case, Besigye was charged alongside Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Kawempe South MP Mubaraka Munyagwa, Rukungiri Municipality MP Roland Kaginda, FDC’s Chief Mobilizer Ingrid Turinawe and the Western regional DP chairperson Imam Makumbi.
These were accused by prosecution of inciting violence during a 4GC rally at Kabale Municipality Stadium, which led to the injuring of four police officers and vandalizing three police vehicles.
The rally turned violent after police tried to block supporters who had turned up for a planned march to Kisoro road through Garage Street.
In his ruling today, His Worship Moses Kagoda Ntende said the accused, being politicians were right to talk politics and all the statements that they made were not inciting.
He said he was dismissing the case on account of prosecution’s failure to prove the involvement of the accused in the subsequent violence.
Roland Kaginda Mugume the Rukungiri municipality MP while speaking to our reporter after the ruling expressed relief, saying the state sketched malicious charges against him and his colleagues but failed to adduce evidence against them.
One of the defence lawyers Justus Muhangi said the ruling showed that the politicians’ rights had been violated by the police officers
He said he expected instructions from his clients to make a countersuit seeking damages.
The judgment was read out in the absence of the all the accused persons.