Kizza Besigye, a key opposition figure in Uganda has been slammed with treason charges after declaring himself president and challenging the election victory of veteran leader Yoweri Museveni.
Besigye who has been repeatedly arrested and accused authorities of beatings and intimidation now faces death penalty following the arraignment.
Government spokesman Shaban Bantariza said Besigye had been charged with treason because he had declared himself “an alternative president”.
“He has openly declared his intention to topple this government, that’s not constitutional,” he said. Authorities have dismissed accusations of targeting Besigye, saying they have only acted to keep order.
Authorities this week blocked Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and other social media, following mounting tensions since the heavily disputed February polls in Uganda.
One of the reasons provided by Ugandan authorities for blocking the social media platforms earlier mentioned is that they are worried about security around Museveni’s official inauguration coming up this Thursday.
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