Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tight security as Besigye is produced at Nakasongola court

UPDATE 12: 40PM: The situation at Nakasongola Court appears to have calmed down a bit although nobody seems to know what is going to happen next. Our reporter on the scene, Tabu Butagira, reports that prison warders are now allowing Dr Besigye's  relatives to go and speak to him through the cell room bars one by one.

Heavily armed security individuals, however, continue to keep a close watch on everything that is going.

There is still no sign of the magistrate, Justine Atukwasa, who adjourned proceedings when it dawned on her that counsel for the accused were not in court.

Ms Atukwasa, who is somewhere inside the court building, is the same magistrate who at Nabweru Court last Thursday refused to hear Dr Besigye's bail application claiming that she was busy with other "pending matters".

Supporters, MPs from various opposition political parties and teams of diplomats remain on the grounds.

UPDATE 12:20 PM: A 30 minutes' drive northwest of the city, Kampala Lord Mayor-elect Erias Lukwago, MPs Christopher Kibanzanga, Florence Ibi Ekwau, Winfred Kiiza and FDC vice president Salaam Musumba are huddled in groups at Nabweru Court, looking unsure about what is going on. It is midday and lawyers for FDC leader Dr Kizza Besigye and his co-accused who had earlier arrived at the court expecting to make a bail application have left in confusion.


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