Uganda’s court martial remands singer Bobi Wine
Written by: Administrator
Thursday, August 16th, 2018, 6:53
Ugandan singer-turned-opposition politician and legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has today been remanded by the General Court Martial to Makindye Barracks in the capital Kampala until August23, Uganda People’s Defense Forces Spokesperson, Brig. Richard Karemire confirmed this development.
“As part of the investigations into these acts of violence, the Police arrested key organizers and participants including Hon Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi the Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East Constituency. During the search of his hotel room by investigators, he was found possessing arms and ammunition which are ordinarily a monopoly of the Defence Forces” reads the statement of Brig. Karemire in part.
The Kampala based legislator has of recent been critical of the Kampala regime accusing it of human rights abuses and gripping to power for long. He has also been critical of the age limit bill that was recently passed by the Ugandan Parliament to allow Ugandans aged above 75 years to contest for Presidency.
"When our leaders have become misleaders and mentors have become tormentors. When freedom of expression becomes the target of oppression, opposition becomes our position" said Bobi Wine in one of his new songs called "Situka" [rise up for Luganda language].
MP Kyagulanyi ,36, according to the charge sheet seen by The Light Magazine faces at least two counts which he has not pleaded to according to his defense lawyer, Asuman Basalirwa, citing his bad health.
Aside from unlawful possession of fire arm contrary to section 3 (2) (a) of the Fire Arms Act Cap 299, “14th day of August 2018 at around 09:00 hours while at Pacific Hotel in Arua Municipality, Arua District, Bobi was found in illegal possession of a fire arm to wit; SMG Serial number 56-4801247, equipment ordinarily being a monopoly of defense forces,” said the charge sheet.
Also, Kyagulanyi is charged with “illegal possession of 35 live ammunitions of caliber 7.62x.39mm, equipment ordinarily being a monopoly of defense forces”.
Meanwhile, his defense lawyer and family members claim that MP Kyagulanyi’s health is in critical conditions following brutal torture since Monday when he was locked up. They said he cannot speak, sit and/or stand as well as being unconscious with bruises all over his body.
He was arrested on Monday with 25 other political activists, including Mityana South MP, Francis Zaake who is equally reportedly in critical health conditions.