Magistrate Issues Arrest Warrants For Besigye, Lukwago Top story

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Chief Magistrate, Agatonica Mbabazi issued the arrest warrants for the activists after they failed to honour summons for a third consecutive time.

The Kabale Chief Magistrate, Agatonica Mbabazi has issued arrest warrants for political activists in the For God and my Country (4GC) group. The magistrate issued the warrants for former FDC president Dr. Kizza Besigye and embattled Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago because the suspects failed to show up in court for a third consecutive time.
Other suspects affected by the warrants are FDC women league leader Ingrid Turinawe and Rukungiri Municipality MP Roland Mugume. The suspects were not even represented in court by their lawyers.

The 4GC activists are charged with 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.
The arrest warrants were given to their sureties who include Kabale FDC Chairperson Lydia Turyahumura, Kabale Municipality Mayor Pius Ruhemurana, Kabale Central Division chairperson Sentaro Byamugisha and Kabale Central Division Speaker Julis Tituryebwa.

The sureties did not give any reason for the absence of the politicians and court adjourned the case to 20th October, 2015.


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