“Just as I’ve been out on bail since 2019 on the treason case, I wake up to a newspaper article claiming my case has been dropped,” Besigye stated. “I have not been served, neither has any of my lawyers. It appears that the regime wants to propagate their narrative that I work with them,” he added. He has since vowed to seek legal action with his lawyers for malicious prosecution since the state has now retreated from the case” (Emmanuel Businye – ‘Besigye says treason charge is dropped to show him as ‘M7 Agent’ 11.10.2021).
Since the February 2016 General Election in the Republic. Dr. Kizza Besigye, the Presidential Candidate for the main opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). Besigye sworn himself in as President on the 11th May 2016. After that he was arrested and airlifted to Moroto prison. Within 48 hours after the arrest and being detained in Moroto. He was charged for treason on the 13th May 2016.
It is not shocking that the charges are dropped in 2021. It took 1977 days. That is prolonging the agony for too long. Besigye also proves how “cold” the case was, as he haven’t had a bail hearing for 2 years as well. It took over 5 years, 4 months and 28 days before it got dropped.
Neither, did the state produce any evidence and witness statements to keep the case alive. The state had the time to do this. However, it was just a ploy to keep Besigye busy with trails and bail-hearings. So, that he couldn’t do proper activism or revolt even against the rigged election. He was stuck fighting the case and the pending court trial, which never really happened.
We know that Besigye is not a Museveni agent. He has worked tirelessly to topple or have a peaceful transition. Nobody has a similar record like Besigye. As an politician and activist he has been arrested countless of times, thousands of charges and detained as well. Therefore, with the treatment and the way his been targeted. It is foolish to think he has been used by the state as a pawn. He and his family wouldn’t have been touched in the way they have. Neither how his allies have been taken out over the years. So, to sell that story now is unbelievable.
It is injustice to keep this case alive for so long. Especially, since it was nothing and had no reasons to charge him with it. The state didn’t even produce anything. That’s why we know it is just a technique to harass and target their dissidents. They are not charging someone, because they endangered the state or its highest ranking officials to coup d’etat it. No, they are just using it as a political weapon to silence the ones who challenge the President politically. Peace.