Ugandan reggae singer charged with treason
Written by: George Kalisa
Thursday, August 23rd, 2018, 2:53
Ugandan Magistrate Court Thursday sent Uganda’s reggae musician turned opposition politician and lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine on remand after charging him with treason.
Also, Court said Bobi Wine and others will be allowed access to private doctors for treatment. The singer walked with the help of a crutch and support of Prison officers to and from a packed courtroom and would in close intervals groan in pain before he cried on hearing his fate. Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, a co-charged has been bedridden and on life support since the incident occured.
The Court Martial in the morning had withdrawn counts against Kyagulanyi which included “unlawful possession of fire arm contrary to section 3 (2) (a) of the Fire Arms Act Cap 299 and illegal possession of 35 live ammunitions of caliber 7.62x.39mm, equipment ordinarily being a monopoly of defense forces” read the charge sheet in parts.
The Kampala vocal legislator and some other 32 will appear in court on August30 said the Court.
The government maintains that Bobi Wine and a handful of his fellow lawmakers mostly from the opposition and opposition supporters who were referred to as hooligans by the Police, on August13 attacked the person of the President by pelting stones at Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's convoy while in West Northern Municipality of Arua ahead of a by-election.
Kassiano Wadri, a co-charged with Bobi Wine won the by-election with a huge margin.
Meanwhile, the arrest and re-arrest of Bobi Wine has attracted anger from a cross-section of human rights activists and ordinary people within and outside the country.
Today, Kenyan Police have engaged rioters in running battles over Bobi Wine’s “continued torture by the state agents”. There were similar demonstrations in the USA today.
Meanwhile, President Museveni in a statement he gave on the eve of today’s ruling by the Court Martial, said he has no powers as President of Uganda to release embattled Bobi Wine and others.
“On the issue of releasing Bobi Wine and the others, the President of Uganda does not have such powers. Once somebody is arrested, charged and remanded, it is only two authorities who can release such people in any way: the Courts or the DPP withdrawing charges if the evidence is not enough. Let us therefore, wait for the Courts and see what they decide” Museveni said.