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Besigye’s partner, Winnie, queries Uganda’s military partisanship, equality  

Winnie Byanyima visited him on Wednesday at Luzira and found him well. “He looks well and his spirit is strong.”
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Dr Kizza Besigye after his recent arrest. Courtesy photo.

Last Updated on: 30th June 2022, 12:46 pm

Besigye was arrested in Kampala days after he was released by Court on a cash bail of shs3m.


By Our Reporter

Kampala – June 30, 2022: Majority of the Uganda’s population can’t afford what to eat including decent living conditions following a hike in prices of almost all basic commodities. 

From fuel to cooking oil; soap, salt, sugar, and bread, the bigger population continues to find life hard.

The government is yet to come out with robust solutions to some of the above challenges even though some politicians have repeatedly called for subsidies. What annoys many Ugandans is that some elites – or the majority of them are enjoying better living standards.

Because of constant high demands for goods and services yet it can’t be guaranteed and [or] afforded, for example, teachers and health workers have resorted to strike. 

Some politicians who took to the streets to protest high commodity prices found themselves behind bars. Some were released and some are still under custody.

Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye is one of the key nationals battling legally to come out of Luzira prison after his arrest weeks ago for “leading a protest on the high cost of living”. Besigye was arrested in Kampala days after he was released by Court on a cash bail of shs3m.

On Thursday (today), Besigye and Samuel Mukaku Lubega are appearing before the High Court in Kampala. The pair is challenging an earlier ruling by the Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate, Asuman Muhumuza who denied them bails on June 17 on basis that it was “past time”.

His wife, Winnie Byanyima visited him on Wednesday at Luzira and found him well. “He looks well and his spirit is strong,” she wrote on Twitter.

“I asked why he wasn’t at Upper Prison where he is a frequent guest, they said he has a smaller crime – of being a public nuisance,” Byanyima added. 

Earlier on Thursday, this is what Winnie added: “I can’t figure this. A senior military officer can express partisan views on DRCongo, Ethiopia, Rwanda etc and that’s ok. But when @kizzabesigye1 publicly complains about rising cost of living, he gets locked up. Are we equal under the law? Or, do we have the rule of law?”

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