By Edwin Muhumuza
A section of legislators have accused government of employing old tactics to suffocate Ugandans who are challenging the regime’s long stay in power. This was minutes after the military court martial withdrew all charges against Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi.
The events surrounding his arrest remain controversial as the state seeks to thwart any opposition to the NRM regime that came into power 32 years ago, as some critics continue to assert across most media channels.
Right from the manner of his arrest in Arua district on August 13th 2018, it was being reported that Hon.Kyagulanyi was relaxing at Pacific Hotel in Arua town after the campaign. Our sources say he was preparing to travel back to Kampala with a team of other opposition legislators who had gone to campaign for another fierce regime’s critic, Hon. Kassiano Wadri.
Trouble however, was sparked off by the ‘stoning’ of one of the vehicles of the presidential motorcade, an issue that also widely seen by critics as a ‘game plan’ of the regime that had long had interest in arresting and intimidating Hon. Kyagulanyi, whose presidential ambitions are still not clear. His triumph over the regime’s candidates in four by-elections has caught the attention of regime strategists.
As he walked ,he looked frail and weak after global protests demanded for his release.
Masaka Municipality MP, Hon. Mathias Mpuuga , Kasambya County MP, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa ,Kabale MP Andrew Baryayanga, and Kasanda North MP Patrick Nsamba say the charges against MP Robert Kyagulanyi are all trumped up, politically motivated and meant to silence the opposition adding that a new opposition wave has emerged dubbed, ’people power, our power’.
Bobi was freed at around 11.21am but arrested shortly and driven with his wife, Barbie Kyagulanyi to Chief Magistrate’s court in Gulu where he is facing treason charges.Bobi’s lawyer, Medard Sseggona said they do not object to the suspect being remanded but he should be remanded in hospital so as to receive healthcare having only received painkillers and massages to heal the swellings on his face while in detention in Makindye barracks. Bobi was remanded until August 30 but allowed to access healthcare at a facility of his choice.