The High Court in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, has ruled that a bail condition set for detained veteran opposition leader Kizza Besigye was harsh, excessive and a miscarriage of justice.

Dr Besigye has been in detention since 24 May. He was charged with inciting violence after he tried to mobilise people in downtown Kampala to protest against the rising cost of living.

The court ruling follows a challenge by the politician’s lawyers over the $8,000 (£6,400) cash bail imposed by a magistrate’s court.

Dr Besigye had refused to pay the sum and was remanded in prison until 16 June.

High Court judge Micheal Elubu said bail terms must not be set so high as to be out of reach or punitive.

He revised the figure down to $800 and maintained other conditions set by the trial magistrate.

Six women activists who demonstrated days after Dr Besigye’s arrest to demand his release and against the rising cost of essential goods are also currently in detention.

They were charged with inciting violence and return on Tuesday for a hearing of their bail application.

They include MP Anna Adeke, Kampala Deputy Lord Mayor, Doreen Nyanjura, and Susan Nanyonjo, a mother of a three-month-old baby.


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