Ugandan police brutality was captured after Former Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye who was detained and charged for treason got released on bail.
This was after the High Court judge Wilson Masalu Musene granted Besigye a non-cash bail of 100 million shillings pending the hearing of the case.
Before the hearing, security around the court was beefed-up ahead of the ruling.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Wilson Masalu Musene said bail is representative of the notion that an accused person is innocent until proven guilty or if they confess.
“The accused person religiously attended court in previous cases in honour of bail conditions. The applicant has proved on oath that he is 60 years old which is advanced age. There was no rebuttal”.
Besigye, was in his trademark blue checkered hooded jersey. The court told him that starting July 26, he will be expected to report to court once every two weeks.
He was cautioned against getting himself involved in illegal acts that breach peace.
Besigye spent two months on remand at Luzira Maximum Security Prison on charges of treason.
After the court’s decision to grant him bail, his supporters waiting outside court exploded into celebrations.
They were jubilant that the politician was out after spending two months in jail. However were treated with police brutality.
The police who visibly didn’t like the happy crowd chose to whip the cheerful onlookers.
Watch the goons beat people up as they drive by them.
Besigye was arrested in May in downtown Kampala and flown to Moroto, where he had been in custody.
He was charged with treason, a capital offence in the country.
According to the charge sheet, Besigye on April 7, while at Kasangati, uttered words to the effect that he would establish a Cabinet for Uganda.
Other accusations against him are that he unlawfully declared himself winner of the 2016 presidential elections, he defied lawful orders and mobilized people to attend his swearing-in and that he unlawfully took the presidential oath, undertaking to execute the functions and duties of the office of the president.
Prosecution is saying that Besigye and others still at large on February 20 and May 11, 2016, planned to forcefully ascend to the office of the President.
This was after a video surfaced on social media depicting him taking the oath of office for president after holding protests against President Yoweri Museveni’s re-election and swearing himself in as president.
He also, while in the various parts of Wakiso and Kampala districts, demanded for an independent international audit of the February 18 polls to be conducted before President Yoweri Museveni was sworn-in for a fifth term in office.