Four time Forum for Democratic Change party presidential candidate Rtd. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye has spent his first night in Luzira maximum prison after a long while since his arrest in 2017 during the age limit protests he championed.
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Unlike in the past when his arrests would draw widespread attention and countrywide protests, this time round the country is at peace with the detention of the veteran opposition leader. Most political pundits say now is the time for Besigye and his fanatics to concede to the fact that the dust of his influence and popularity settled and tilted to the favour of youthful leader Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert of the National Unity Platform party.
“Uganda’s political landscape is not like Kenya’s. Here people go with who is on market. It’s like a moving bus where every passenger jumps to reach their destiny so fast. Besigye’s bus was parked. It’s now Bobi on the scene,” says Mukiibi Alex, a political science student at Makerere University. “His only way out is to bow down and embrace unity. He has to accept that the 40 year old Bobi Wine is his leader,” he adds.
Meanwhile, Dr. Besigye’s lead counsel Erias Lukwago has filed for an injunction at the high court seeking an overturn of the bail terms set by Buganda Road Magistrates Court yesterday. The presiding Magistrates Sienna Owomugisha asked Besigye to commit UGX 30 million bail application fees as guided by state prosecutor Joan Keko. The state asked for a heavy bail fee that would compel Dr. Besigye to return to court proceedings. However, a defiant Besigye who stood in the dock asked his sureties not to pay the fees stating that he was too poor to afford the amount. Logically he added that it would even undermine the cause for which he has been arrested. Paying such a hefty amount of UGX 30m would nullify Besigye’s protest decrying soaring commodity prices.