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Kizza Besigye Treason Charges Dropped.

After supposedly swearing himself in as President following the disputed 2016 elections, Kizza Besigye, a previous four-time presidential candidate in Uganda, was charged with treason.

The withdrawal took place in December 2019 while Justice Mike Chibita was the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), albeit it is unclear whether Dr Besigye was told.

"This is to tell court that the Director of Public Prosecutions has decided to terminate proceedings against Rtd Col Kizza Besigye Kifefe accused of treason," the withdrawal paperwork signed by then-DPP Chibita says in part.

The form was filed with the Nakawa Court registry, according to sources, but the formal withdrawal process was not followed, which requires the court to convene with the accused person or persons present.

Yesterday, attempts to contact Dr. Besigye were futile. One of the lawyers who defended him in the litigation, Mr Ernest Kalibaala, claimed he was ignorant of the news.

He said that the withdrawal was done behind closed doors.

"I've never seen the papers if it was withdrawn; perhaps it was done in secret." "I just heard about it the other day," Mr Kalibaala continued. "Normally, the accused (Dr Besigye) is made aware of the nolle prosequi (withdrawal form), but you may find that doctor (Besigye) is not informed."

A video recording of Besigye alleged swearing-in went viral on social media on May 11, 2016, on the eve of President Museveni projected swearing-in for his fifth elective term in office.

Dr. Besigye was charged with treason in Moroto District before being transferred to Nakawa Court in Kampala to face charges once more. He had declined to appear in court, alleging that the investigation was taking too long and that he should be tried in the High Court.

"This matter has been dragging on for nearly eight months, and it has put me under a lot of stress," he said at his final court appearance in 2017. "Moving to this court for charges that aren't going anywhere is costly in terms of both time and resources."

"I respectfully request that this court be notified that I will be unable to return." They can notify me once their investigations are finished. "I will only return to this court as a prisoner if they choose to arrest me," he continued.

Then DPP Chibita blamed the delays in the investigations on uncooperative witnesses who claimed to have been present at Dr Besigye's inauguration but refused to offer police testimony.

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