DPP takes another Mabiriizi case

By Sania Babirye

Buganda road court has allowed the Director of Public Prosecution to take over a case in which city lawyer Hassan Male Mabiriizi is accusing Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu commonly known as Bobi Wine for allegedly lying about his age despite Mabirizi contesting the take over.

Grade one Magistrate Stella Amabiris ruled that the DPP has all the powers to take over any case at any time as he and does not need permission from court to take over any private case of his interest .

The magistrate has further stated despite the DPP taking over a case, it does not amount to abuse of legal provision services.

Meanwhile, Mabirizi had also asked court to summon Hon.Kyagulanyi however, this request was also declined on grounds that the case has been taken over by the DPP and ordered Mabirizi to avail all his alleged evidence in form of documentation to the DPP to help her prosecute the case.

Speaking to the media, Mabiriizi stated that he is dissatisfied with the court’s decision and that he will be appealing in the high court.

Mabiriizi is accusing Bobi Wine of making a false declaration before the passport control officer and obtaining false registration on the parliamentary website that he is 38 years a born of 1982 yet he was born in 1980 which makes him 40 years.

Mabiriizi is basing his claims on academic documents obtained from UNEB and Makerere university all indicating that Bobi Wine was born in 1980 not 1982.

This is the second case against Bobiwine allegedly lying about his age by Lawyer Mabirizi that the DPP has taken over.

Bobiwine is charged with giving false information.

Court sets 16th October for NUP ownership ruling

By Sania Babirye

Kampala high court judge Musa Sekana has set the 16th of next month to deliver his ruling in case challenging the new ownership of Nations unity platform party currently owned by Bobiwine.

This is after Moses Nkonge Kibalama the founding member of the then NURP party and his then secretary general finished being cross examined on their alleged retraction of their first affidavits in which they claimed that the party was illegally registered and transferred to Bobiwine.

Kibalama and Simba while being cross examined by defense lawyers including Medard Ssegona on his retraction informed court that they participated in forgery when they presented documents that were forged to EC to have the party transferred to Bobiwine and registered by EC.

These accused their lawyers of misleading them into signing over affidavits which they did not understand.

Kibalama had also informed court that he did not understand the circumstances leading to Jim to be summoned in court today and that his personal freedom and liberty has been curtailed by organisations he does not know.

He also revealed to court that the chief of Defense forces David Muhoozi asked him to meet him in his office and talk about matters surrounding the new party ownership two weeks ago as he was driving in his car and currently he has know control over himself.

Kibalama further revealed to court that he came to know about the summons when some one he doesn’t know sneaked a paper into a room he was being kept in and asked court for intervention to regain his freedom.

Kibalama was later whisked away from court by security operatives who had earlier claimed that they were unaware of his disappearance.

Meanwhile Bobiwine has asked the country to pray for Kibalama whom he says has lost his freedom.

Bobiwine says Ugandans must demand for Kibalama’s freedom whom he says is clearly under detention by the army and everything he says is not out his will.

Bobiwine also claims that Kibalama told him that he can not freely speak and that the video of him claiming to want his party back was not of his will.

Bobiwine also claims that Kibalama confessed to him that he was tortured and lost a nail under the security operatives.

Court halts Bobi Wine’s trial

By Sania Babirye

Buganda road court has halted the trial of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi on charges of holding an illegal assembly over OTT tax until the constitutional court determines his petition in which he is challenging the said charge of disobeying statutory orders.

Grade one magistrate Karungi Doreen temporary halted the said trial after referring the said case to the constitutional court for interpretation.

In February this year, Bobiwine’s lawyers led by Anthony Wameeli informed court that they had filed the said petition in the constitutional court and that it is pending determination .

According to Bobiwine, the said charge under the Public order management act 2013 is illegal since it is being challenged by the Uganda Law Society.

He adds that the said charge should be interpreted by the constitutional court whether it does not infringe on the rights of Ugandan to assemble.

The court has now ordered Kyagulanyi to keep reporting back to court until the constitutional court determines his application.

She also issued criminal summons to Bobiwine who was not present in court but his defense informed court that he was away on official duties in his constituency.

Bobiwine is charged together with his Body guard Ssebuwufu Edward aka Eddie Mutwe, his brother Nyanzi Fred Ssentamu and a one David Lule.

These are accused with disobedience of Statutory Duty ; an offence they allegedly committed on on 11th of July 2018 at City Square along Kampala road in protest of social media and Mobile Money Tax.

Prosecution states that the suspects offended sections of the order management Act of 2013, by holding a public meeting without giving notice to any authorized officer, and refusing to cooperate with police, to ensure that all participants are peaceful and not armed.

Teargas in Mbale as NUP leader Kyagulanyi goes to Mbale High Court

By Sania Babirye

Police in Mbale has fired live bullets and tear gas to disperse supporters of National Unity Platform party president and 2021 presidential aspirant Robert Kyagulanyi as they tried to follow him at the Mbale high court this morning.

Hon.Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine is suing police officers for blocking him from attending a paid for talk show on one of the local stations in Mbale town.

The supporters gathered along the way and started following Bobiwine’s motorcade forcing police to disperse them after they had gathered outside court.

Police was forced to arrest some supporters in the said fracas.

On the 13th of August of this month, People power Hon.Robert Kyagulanyi dragged the Inspector General of police and the Mbale senior police officers seeking compensation in form of damages for allegedly blocking him from having a paid for radio talk show on one of the local stations in Mbale.

Through his lawyer Anthony Wameeli, Bobiwine sued the IGP Martin Okoth Ochola, Mbale RDC Balasa Sulaiman Ogajo and the DISO of Mbale George Mwoda.

He wants the IGP and his co accused to pay him for violating his constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression .

He is also accusing them of discriminating against him since they said police officers allowed other politicians to hold their talk show on the same day on the sane radio stations.

Others being sued include Mbale regional police commanded Wesley Nganizi, Mbale DPC Ahimbisibwe Fred and Mbale CPS commander Kato Arafti.

Bobiwine wants court to compel the said police officers to individually pay him punitive damages accusing them of during teargas amongst his supporters.

Bobiwine also seeks other declarations including a permanent injunction against police from ever stopping or interfering in his campaigns or talk shows on TV or radio countrywide.

Bobi Wine sues IGP Okoth Ochola

By Sania Babirye

People power movement leader and National unity platform political party president Hon.Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobiwine has dragged the Inspector General of police and the Mbale senior police officers to the high court in Mbale seeking compensation in form of damages for allegedly blocking him from having a paid for radio talk show on one of the local stations in Mbale.

Through his lawyer Anthony Wameeli, Bobiwine has sued the IGP Martin Okoth Ochola, Mbale RDC Balasa Sulaiman Ogajo and the DISO of Mbale George Mwoda.

He wants the IGP and his co accused to pay him for violating his constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression .

He is also accusing them of discriminating against him since they said police officers allowed other politicians to hold their talk show on the same day on the sane radio stations.

Others being sued include Mbale regional police commanded Wesley Nganizi, Mbale DPC Ahimbisibwe Fred and Mbale CPS commander Kato Arafti.

Bobiwine want court to compel the said police officers to individually pay him punitive damages accusing them of during teargas amongst his supporters.

Bobiwine also seeks other declarations including a permanent injunction against police from ever stopping or interfering in his campaigns or talk shows on TV or radio countrywide.

People power members teargassed as they return nomination forms

By Sania Babirye

Members of people power movement have lashed out at police after they were teargassed at their movement headquarters.

Sulaiman Kidandala from people power says that there was no need for such brutality given that these were just peaceful processions by members and supporters that were returning nomination forms.

He says that despite abiding by the laws and respecting police, police continues to brutalize them which is going to force them to act otherwise.

In the said scuffle, some members allegedly attained serious injuries.

Police deployed heavily in areas around the people power office and at a local TV station where MP and 2021 presidential aspirant had gone for a talk show.

According to police, the said deployment was aimed at controlling Bobiwine’s supporters who always follow him in large numbers disregarding the COVID-19 standard operational procedures.

Court stops Police from blocking Bobi Wine, Bajjo and Abitex concerts

By Sania Babirye

Kampala high court judge Ester Nambayo has issued an order banning police from ever blocking any music concerts organized by Kyandondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobiwine and those organized by two Bivulu promoters Abe Musinguzi of Abetex entertainment and Andrew Mukasa of bajjo events and Market entertainment.

Last year, the two Bivulu promoters dragged police to the high court after Asuman Mugyenyi the assistant inspector General of police wrote a letter banning them from organizing the Kyarenga extra concerts countrywide .

AIGP Mugenyi had stated in the said letter that the said Kyarenga extra concerts had turned beyond entertainment but rather political

In her ruling, justice Nambayo has stated that it was unlawful for police to ban the said concerts since Mugyenyi had no powers to ban the said concerts on behalf of the Inspector General Police.

She ruled that the said letter dated 14th of April 2019 issued by AIGP Asuman Mugenyi on behalf of the IGP was unlawful and did not follow the due process.

Justice Nambayo has declared the said letter illegal and barred police from ever interfering in any concerts organized by Bobiwine, Bajjo or Abitex.

Court also ruled that police did not give the two a chance to defend themselves before banning their concerts.
However, Justice Nambayo has failed to award any compensation to Bajjo and Abitex for the alleged losses incurred due to the banned concerts.

These had told court that before police stopped their concerts, they had already made a deposit of 100 million shillings to Bobiwine out of the 200milion shillings and that money was never recovered.

On the 21st of May 2019, Banjo and Abitex petitioned the high court seeking orders to declare the 14th April directive to ban all kyarenga extra concerts of Bobi wine countrywide null and void.

Through renown city lawyer and also opposition politician Erias Lukwago, the applicants sued the inspector General of police and the government of Uganda through the attorney General.

These claimed that the said directive was unconstitutional since they were never given a fair hearing.

These also challenged their alleged violent arrest at Busabala one love beach on the 20th of april when one of the said Kyarenga concert was expected to take place.

They further claimed that other Kyarenga concerts had been organized in Gulu Arua among other places but were all concerned.

They had stated that the directive was unfair and unreasonable and a violation of their human Rights and sought court to declare the said directive null and void and instead ask court to order police to provide security at their future concerts instead of blocking them.

On the 10th of May 2019, the High court also dismissed an application in which Bobi wine had sued the Uganda Police of violating his rights to work and earn a living by banning his musical shows .

Presiding judge Harrieta Woloyo instead declined to stop police from blocking and interfering in Bobi wine’s music shows on grounds that Bobi Wine failed to demonstrate in his evidence how the banned music shows violated his rights to work , freedom of assembly, association and speech among other freedoms.

In her ruling, Justice Woloyo explained that Bobwine failed in his duty to prove to court on how the Uganda police and the Attorney General violated his rights.

The judge based her ruling on written submissions since she did not entertain oral submissions in the case.

On the 8th of October 2017, Bobi Wine petitioned the high court in which he claimed that he has lived all his adult life earning a living through live music performances until on 8th of October 2017 when police banned his shows while fronting security concerns.

In his defense, Bobiwine stated that the police’s reasons for blocking his musical shows were a b violation of his right to work and freedoms to speech, liberty and movement.

Through renowned Human rights lawyer Ladislous Rwakafuuzi , Bobi Wine claimed that he had since lost 300 million shillings for his cancelled shows at Colline Hotel Mukono, Kamuli, Busoga and in Kasese district where he had been invited and paid 20 million by his fellow legislator Jackson Mbaju to perform for his supporters in Busongora South County.

The banned shows we’re supposed to take place between 12th/ and 21st /October 2017 respectively.

Up-to-date police continues to prevent Bobiwine from holding any musical shows anywhere in Uganda including his beach in Busabala.

Police , Bobi Wine point fingers at each other over death of people power supporter

By Robert Segawa

Police and Kyadondo East member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi are accusing each other of releasing a false report regarding the death of Ritah Nabukenya.

Nabukenya who was involved in a fatal accident on Monday morning was a well known staunch people power member.

Bobiwine and his group have since attributed her death to the police patrol vehicle which allegedly knocked her near Nakawa market opposite Nakawa central division office.

However, police says the victim died from crush injuries that were caused by double Bodaboda accident which involved two motor cycles.

The police spokesperson, Fred Enanga in a statement released today says police motor vehicle registration number UP4841 was driving along Naguru road behind Nakawa Market. In between it was over taken by speeding Bodaboda that was carrying another passenger. unfortunately it come into the path of an oncoming Bodaboda from the opposite direction resulting into head on crash. According to the police statement, the boda boda that carried the victim fell down in the collision infront of a police patrol car, the other boda boda staggered and sped off the scene.

Police findings indicate that the deceased was putting on a black light trouser with a cream blouse and there was nothing like red cap or T shirt associated Bobiwine’s People power.

However, Kyadondo East legislator is still accusing police of covering up it’s crime against humanity.

Police fires tear gas and live bullets to disperse Bobi Wine’s supporters

By Robert Segawa

Police fires teargas and live bullets to disperse supporters of Kyadondo East members of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobiwine in Ndeeba this afternoon. Police says that they were blocking the legislator from accessing Pope Paul Memorial center for a consultative meeting, which they further state that he had not full filled the requirements for this meeting to happen as per January meeting held at electoral commission early this year.

The angry Bobi Wine supporters prompted police to shoot live bullets and teargas to disperse them after blocking Kibuye Nateete highway by burning old car tires.

During the scuffle police arrested 15 suspects to help them in investigating.

Luke Owoyesigyire, Deputy Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson confirmed the incident saying they will be charged with inciting violence.

Bobi Wine meets EC after failed attempts at peaceful consultative meetings

By Deo Wasswa

Leader of the People Power group Honorable Kyagulanyi, and other 2021 Presidential aspirants today met the Uganda electoral commission.

The meeting that was held under heavy police deployment lasted almost six hours.

It is upon this background that Hon. Kyagulanyi and his top members in People Power held a press conference at the their headquarters in Kamwokya . The leadership team at People Power shared the outcomes of the meeting;

According to People Power,some of the the key things agreed upon, was minimal interference of the Uganda police, they also asked Uganda police to stop deploying officers without uniform or name tags. They also asked that police maintains their role of keeping law and order and this should be done without sidelining with the ruling party.

In the meeting Bobi wine has also denied having led any processions as alleged by police operatives.

It was agreed in the meeting that People power goes ahead with consultative meetings too without situations similar to those witnessed in the past three failed meeting attempts.