Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Dr. Kiiza Besigye and activist Samuel Lubega Mukaku have applied for bail in the Criminal Division of the High Court in Kampala.
Through their lawyers, Lukwago and Company Advocates, the two who were arrested and charged for inciting violence, argue that the lower court unlawfully denied them bail based on a track record of unprosecuted criminal cases opened against them by the state.
“The decision by the learned trial Magistrate denying bail based on the aforementioned reasons derogated the applicant’s right to a fair hearing, civil liberties, and the presumption of innocence,” reads the application in part.
Besigye, the President of The People’s Front for Transition pressure group and Mukaku, were last week arrested for protesting against the increasing commodity prices.
They were later charged at Buganda Road Court with incitement of violence and granted bail but were arrested again.
They applied for bail but Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate Asuman Muhumuza threw out the application arguing that there is no guarantee that the two shall not be re-arrested on the same charges or other offenses.
Lukwago wants the High Court to grant his clients bail because it is their right and that they have permanent places of abode and shall abide by the conditions of the court.
Besigye and Mukaku are current at Luzira prison where they were remanded until July 1.