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Rukungiri: Besigye Case Adjourned Over Missing Police Witnesses

Rukungiri Chief Magistrate Moses Kule Lubangula on Wednesday adjourned to March 22nd, 2019 a case in which FDC’s Col Dr Kizza Besigye and other opposition leaders are accused of Murder, unlawful assembly, inciting violence and illegal assembly during a political rally in Rukungiri town last year.

Dr. Besigye, FDC President Patrick Oboi Amuriat, FDC Secretary for Mobilization Ingrid Turinawe, Rukungiri Municipality Councilor Innocent Tashobya, Moses Byamukama and Fred Asiimwe are accused   of inciting violence, murder, attempted murder and assault of police officers on duty.

The charges stem from the violent demonstration on 18th October 2018 where police blocked them from accessing Rukungiri stadium for a planned consultative meeting which led to chaos, that resulted in the death of one Edison Nimusiima alias Kakuru, and injuring of two police officers, AP John Barugahare and Constable Donovico Twinamatsiko.

They are also accused of unlawfully damaging police vehicle registration number UP 2168 and holding unlawful, assembly without permission.

Separately, Ingrid Turinawe, Atuhairwe Nicholas and over 40 others again appeared in court on another case of inciting violence while organizing prayers and Thanksgiving for Edson Kakuru and other victims.

However, hearing of the two cases didn’t happen because   the Rukungiri Resident state attorney Richard Muhereza told court that he was unable to go on with the cases as   all the witnesses   are police officers who have since been transferred to other stations outside Rukungiri, saying they need more time to summon them.

Chief Magistrate Kule Moses ordered state prosecutor Muhereza Richard to ensure witnesses are in court on next sitting so that hearing of the case can commence saying that his court   will not entertain trial by ambush.

He then adjourned   both cases to 22nd, March 2019 when the hearing is to kick off.

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