Ugandan Opposition Leader Shuns Court Appearance
Ugandan opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye has admitted he and another defendant failed to appear in court to answer charges of inciting violence. Dr. Besigye, who is a four-time presidential candidate and currently leader of the People’s Front for Transition, was arrested last year while trying to mobilize ordinary Ugandans to join him in protesting the high cost of living. A magistrate judge issued an arrest warrant after the prosecution accused him of habitually evading court proceedings. Dr. Besigye tells VOA’s James Butty, there is no need to subject himself to what says is a politically-motivated charge.