Kizza Besigye, the opposition candidate who was oppressed during the Ugandan election has expressed fear of being poisoned in prison.
During his court appearance on Wednesday, Besigye said he wants a speedy trial. The reason being due to some prisoners he had met in detention who had died mysteriously.
Also he reportedly stated that he was being persecuted in prison by the police who seem to single him out to mete out malicious actions on him.
Besigye’s lawyer, Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi also seems to share the same sentiment. He reportedly told the Associated Press that Besigye could be poisoned in prison.
Besigye had also added that the police and government agencies had prevented his family from access to the court during his hearing.
“It appears that the intention of police, my persecutors, is to have me in court where they are the only attendees,” he said.
Dr Besigye was charged with treason following his refusal of Yoweri Museveni as the winner of the presidential election. On the day Museveni was to be sworn in as president, Besigye was seen swearing himself in as the rightful leader of Uganda.
The election itself was marred with a lot of abuse that saw opposition leaders arrested, Dr Kizza Besigye being the major victim.
The election period also saw the media being shut down and forced not to broadcast scenes of election violence. The Ugandan police also took power into heir hands by releasing tear gas at civilians and even torturing some protesters.
This led to a lot of criticism by international observers, citing irregularities and violence.
Yoweri Museveni has been president of Uganda since 1986. At the time, Kizza Besigye was still in good terms with the president. They parted ways in 1999 and Dr Besigye has ran the presidential race 4 consecutive times against Museveni.