Views from Fiona: The Government's Case Against Besigye

Views from Fiona: The Government's Case Against Besigye


A show fit for a Broadway hit.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: May 22, 2006


The court case in which embattled FDC strong man DR.Kizza Besigye is sued by the government on suspicion of terrorism against his motherland looks like the state wants to win it at all costs. The controversy surrounding state witnesses must have even baffled Justice Kagaba. The rookie semblance of state witnesses, facts, disappearance of files and drama involved, can make a hit on Broadway with a good director.



April 5, 2006 First prosecution witness Jeniffer Aryem
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April 5, 2006 First prosecution witness Jenifer Aryem.

The first witness one Jenifer Aryem's sound character is questionable since her testimony is jumbled and she lied under oath. Her withdrawal with mysterious auditory sickness is a mystery to all who have followed the case hearings either in court or in newspapers. [Read more>>]

April 20, 2006 Abedo testifying in Besigye treason case, 'I chopped off people's lips.'
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April 20, 2006 Abedo testifying in Besigye treason case, "I chopped off people's lips."

Out Aryem, enter Abedo who was a former rebel. He told court how he used to chop off people's ears, mouths and generally maim his fellow countrymen. When the court asked about his amnesty papers he produced an application- that means he was still a rebel who deserved to be arrested. [Read more>>]

The prosecution's third witness in the treason case against Dr. Besigye, Lt. Miggade Ssemakula, narrated that he was an ISO spy planted in Reform Agenda [RA] which evolved into FDC. He could neither produce his appointment letter in ISO nor the dossier he purported to have compiled on the RA activities because the dossier or file had disappeared. When the file later reappeared Ssemakula had no proof showing he was a security agent or his remote affiliation to ISO. [Read more>>]

Onen Alfred Kamdulu
Onen Alfred Kamdulu.
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The government seems to be bent on winning the case at all costs otherwise how do you contend with their producing the fourth witness in Onen Kamdulu? It is absurd for the government to produce a hardcore rapist, child abductor, terrorist, murderer and one of Kony's worst henchmen who committed atrocities against mankind to testify on the presupposed 'traitor' Besigye on his links with LRA. [Read more>>]

Surely if the roles were turned and Besigye was to produce Kamdulu in his rebuttal of his innocence, would the prosecution accept? If this is not a clear manifestation of insensitiveness to the people of northern Uganda who have suffered at the hands of people like Kamdulu, what is it then? It won't be a surprise then if the government produced Kony himself to prove, beyond reasonable doubt, his alliance with Besigye.

April 4, 2006 Military vehicles wait outside the court for People's Redemption Army(PRA) suspects to escort them back to Luzira prison.
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April 4, 2006 Military vehicles wait outside the court for People's Redemption Army(PRA) suspects to escort them back to Luzira prison.

History is a harsh judge and our government should tread carefully. Much as it is clear that they want to wipe off Besigye, they should use legal means rather than concoct a series of unrelated, uncoordinated state witnesses.

Justice delayed is justice denied. Besigye like any other citizen deserves a fair and quick trial and if government lacks plausible explanation, or even witnesses, they should not waste the taxpayers' money. Let the man enjoy his freedom. Effort should rather be focused on resettling the people in displaced camps and on ending the northern insurgency that is almost as old as the present regime.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: May 22, 2006
Fiona Abaasa is a columnist for UGPulse.com based in Kampala.

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