Walk to Work Protest Case Hearing in Hoima Flops

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Hearing of the case in which Francis Atugonza, the Former LC3 Chairman hoima town council is accused of disobeying police orders has flopped.

Hearing of the case in which Francis Atugonza, the Former LC3 Chairman hoima town council is accused of disobeying police orders has flopped.

Atugonza who is also the FDC national secretary for trade and industry, and two others are facing charges of disobeying direction of a police officer contrary to the Traffic and road safety Act.

Prosecution alleges that on April 14, during the Walk to Work demonstration in Hoima town, Atugonza, his co-accused and others still at large, disobeyed direction from Alex Alidip, the officer in charge Hoima police station.

The group walked on the Hoima-Fort portal road in Hoima town before they were confonted by police, leading to Atugonza’s arrest.

Atugonza is jointly accused with Ismail Kasule, the FDC National youth League Vice chairperson in charge Western region and Pascal Alinaitwe an FDC party member.

The demonstration was part of the ongoing opposition Walk to Work protests countrywide led by FDC leader, Kizza Besigye in protest of the skyrocketing fuel and commodity prices.

Atugonza and his co-accused now on bail pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On Monday, they appeared in court for the hearing of the case but it didn’t take off.

Alex Mwotil, the state prosecutor told court that the hearing couldn’t commence, because witnesses in the case were not in court. He did not explain the reason for this, but only asked for an adjournment until May 19 this year.

Richard Ndangwa, The grade one Magistrate, adjourned the hearing to May 19.

Meanwhile, Atugonza says he would continue walking to work, despite the court charges.

The FDC diehard says he and his co-accused even reported to court walking without any police confrontation. He stresses that their aim is not to showoff with police, but rather to express their dissatisfaction over the high fuel and commodity prices in the country.

Hoima district commander, Augustine Kasangaki who says was on alert to crash any demonstrators says he couldn’t arrest Atugonza because their walk was not organized to disrupt any business.

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