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Government has withdrawn a case in which the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s Kizza Besigye had been charged with disobeying lawful orders. Besigye has since 2001 been the biggest challenger to President Yoweri Museveni for the Presidency of Uganda.

State lawyer Joseph Kyomuhendo told court presided by Freddy Egessa that article 120 gives the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) mandate to withdraw any criminal charges against any suspect.

In his reaction, Dr Besigye told Court: “This is total abuse of power. The issue of the DPP abusing his office should be addressed. This is not the first time the State is withdrawing such a case.”

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The case followed a refusal by Besigye to accept that he had lost the presidential election held early this year to the incumbent and NRM candidate Yoweri Museveni. Police were deployed at Besigye’s home in Kasangati to limit his movement.

Prosecution alleged that Dr Besigye disobeyed instructions by a police officer to drive from Mulago round-about, through Yusuf Lule Road, Mukwano Road and on to Najjanankumbi, and insisted on driving through Wandegeya, with the view of passing through the city centre.

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