Uganda: Opposition Leader Charged With Treason

Uganda’s main opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been charged with treason.

His lawyer, Erias Lukwago said Mr. Besigye appeared in Court in Moroto where he was charged with treason. This followed an unofficial installation of Mr. Besigye as the President of Uganda. He was the main challenger to
President Yoweri Museveni in the country’s recent general election, which Mr. Museveni won by a landslide.

He insists he was the rightful winner of the elections, but Uganda’s top court upheld the official result.

“We have been informed by police today that Besigye appeared in court in Moroto and was charged with treason,” said his lawyer Erias Lukwago.

Mr. Besigye was arrested in downtown Kampala and flown to Moroto, where he has been in custody ever since.

Meanwhile, President Museveni was sworn in on Thursday for his fifth elective term, extending his 30-year rule of Uganda.

Foreign observers said the election had been flawed by fear and intimidation.

In a BBC interview, President Museveni rejected allegations of vote rigging, and accused Mr. Besigye of planning to incite violence.

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