Besigye released on bail

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Uganda’s opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye has been released on bond but will report to the Registrar of the High Court twice per month.
Releasing Dr Besigye on a Ush100 million, High Court Judge Wilson Masalu warned Dr Besigye who has been in police cells for two months to refrain from causing violence during the bail period.
The judge considered Dr Besigye’s advanced age among other reasons for granting him alongside another Forum for Democratic Change officials bail. Other officials include General Secretary Mugisha Muntu, FDC officials who were present at the swearing in Nathan Nandala Mafabi, Roland Mugume and Joyce Ssebugwawo.
“Having weighed all the circumstances and factors one after the other (Advanced age, attending previous court sessions and the sureties presented), I am inclined to grant bail to the applicant,” justice Musalu said
Dr Besigye was arrested on May 11 after a video clip that showed him taking oath of office as the “peoples’ president” went viral on social media, a day before the scheduled swearing-in of President Yoweri Museveni.
Dr Besigye was immediately arrested by military officers and taken to a remote village of Moroto in the Karamoja region before being transferred back to Kampala where he was charged with treason.
Upon being “sworn in,” Dr Besigye made a surprise visit to Kampala city where members of the public cheered him before police swung into action with tear gas to disperse them. It was during this that police action the Dr Besigye was arrested.
Dr Besigye was also put under house after the February 18 elections but beat police to join other party officials on May 11 to be sworn in as president, throwing the country in confusion.

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