BY OKOODI DEO
Former FDC presidential candidate Rtd. Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye has blasted the Kabale chief magistrate for allowing the state to use his court to subvert justice.
Besigye’s accusation follows a court decision in which the chief magistrate adjourning the case where the former president together with other opposition leaders are charged with several offences. The case has been adjourned to 6th march 2017.
His worship Kagonde Ntende Moses adjourned the case after state prosecutor Gloria Inzikuru asked court to give her one more chance to present two more witnesses who are still out of the country to come and give evidence against the accused persons.
In his ruling chief magistrate said his court has the duty of balancing rights of accused persons and that of state adding that without narrating the earlier reasons that have always led to several adjournments in the matter, saying it is within the interest of justice to accord prosecution the very last adjournment on the matter in order to invite more witnesses
In reaction Besigye told journalists that it’s very sad that the magistrate has allowed his court to be used to subvert justice and vowed never to go back to kabale.
Besigye who is accused of inciting violence and malicious damage said the excuses being given by the prosecution are flimsy since they failed to show any evidence that they indeed they had summoned the said witnesses adding that in the last court session that this would be the last day to close prosecution on the matter
He said the state motive is to use the case as a tool of harass and repress him but not to serve any purpose in the interest of justice which must be quick and fair.