Opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, his official driver Fred Kato and FDC Chief Mobiliser Ingrid Turinawe Thursday appeared before Mbarara Chief Magistrate Court.
The trio are is being tried together with FDC Party President Patrick Oboi Amuriat and Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa for causing damage to police vehicles in Mbarara town during party presidential campaigns.
Amuriat and Munyagwa were nnot present in court today as they are on official party duties in Arua campaigning for Bruce Musema, according to Besigye’s aide, Ronald Muhinda.
Magistrate Sanyu Mukasa has issued criminal summons for Munyagwa and Amuriat after State Attorney Carol Kesuubi argued that their absence was jeopardising proceedings.
Kesuubi said they were prepared to proceed with the case claiming that state witnesses were in earlier in court.
However, when Defence lawyer Erias Lukwago pressed Kesuubi to bring witnesses in court, it emerged that the state Attorney had lied to court because the witnesses were not available.
Muhinda says his boss is being persecuted for opposing President Museveni’s attempts to amend the constitution to remove age limit.
The state accuses the five political activists of crimes relating to breaking and shattering police’s personal vehicles’ wind screens in Mbarara town as they passed through.
Besigye said if the case does not take off at the next appearance on 19th October 2018, it will be his last day in court.
“We shall not keep wasting time and resources coming to Mbarara to do nothing. There is no case before this court”, Besigye concluded.
Their defense lawyers are Lord Mayor of Kampala Capital City Erias Lukwago and Counsel Lydia Ahimbisibwe.