A Ugandan court granted bail to Kizza Besigye, the former presidential candidate charged with treason after claiming victory in the East African nation’s elections and taking his own oath of office.
Besigye, 60, who lost to President Yoweri Museveni in the February vote, was granted bail of 100 million shillings ($29,647) by a High Court judge, the country’s Judiciary said on its Twitter account. His party, the Forum for Democratic Change, which continues to protest Museveni’s re-election that extended his three-decade rule, also reported the ruling via Twitter.
Museveni, 71, who has ruled Africa’s biggest coffee exporter since January 1986, is one of the continent’s longest serving leaders alongside Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea, Jose Eduardo Dos Santos of Angola and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe. Besigye was arrested and charged in May, although no date has yet been set for his treason trial.