Criminal summon issued against Bobi Wine

By Sania Babirye

Criminal summons have been issued against Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine after he failed to turn up in court this morning for mention of his case.

Bobiwine was to appear before Buganda road court grade one magistrate together with his four co accused but only his co accused appeared in court today.

However, his lawyer Asuman Basalirwa informed grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya that his client is currently out of the country on official duties.
The magistrate then issued criminal summons requiring the Musician turned politician and legislator to appear in court mot later than the 10th of July this year and also extended their bail up to then.

On the 2nd of May, Buganda road court grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya granted bail to Bobi wine via a video conferencing system.

Bobi wine became the first person to be tried using the new technology that was launched by the chief justice Bart Katureebe on the 15th of April this year to allow judges to try inmates without necessarily being present in court but through a video link in Luzira prison.

Bobi wine was remanded to Luzira prison on 29th of this month by grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya after he was charged and pleaded not guilty to offenses relating to disobedience of statutory duty .

The magistrate also failed to grant him bail and referred his bail application to the 2nd of May.

His lawyers led by Asuman told court that his sureties had been blocked to access court with some arrested and detained at Nagalama police station in Mukono in case of Hon.Francis Zaake while others had their documents like local council letters confiscated by police.

The magistrate then ruled that Bobi wine should be remanded briefly to allow his lawyers organize their sureties and the magistrate also advised them from bringing high profile suruties that attract too much attention.

According to the amended charge sheet tendered in court , Bobi Wine was surprisingly charged over offenses he committed in 2018.

The charges are apparently in relation to his protest over the now social media tax (OTT) which he is said to have allegedly committed on 11th of July 2018 at City square with in Kampala city.

Bobiwine is accused of holding a public meeting without giving notice to any authorized officer or police who would ensure that all participants of his meeting are unarmed and peaceful .

Prosecution states that the actions of Bobi Wine were contrary to sections 5 and 10 of the public Order Management Act of 2013.

Bobi Wine is charged with four others.

These include David Lule, Julius Katongole, Edward Sebuufu and Fred Nyanzi Sentamu, however, the four were charged in 2018 .

However before accepting to go on remand, Bobi Wine adressed and in his own words he said:

“Your honor I am confident because it is not me on trial but this court on trial because I have not committed any crime. I have not stolen public funds or killed anyone. I am here because I have spoken against this government and specifically president Museveni. Your honor i am here because i have spoken against unfair taxation so i am fighting for everyone and for you”.

Leader of opposition did also criticism reasons cited by state while objecting to the bail application of Bobiwine.

This is after state prosecutor Timothy Francis Amerit told court that sureties like Hon.Miria Matembe were insubstantial since she was of advanced age of 64 and not capable to feasibly compel Bobiwine to adhere to court orders.

However, the leader of Opposition said that it was ironical that the State recently just amended the constitution and lifted the presidential age limit to allow even a person of over 100 years to rule the country yet,the state is objecting a person of 64 years to only stand surety.

Police to charge its own over poorly conducted arrest of Bobi Wine

By Robert Segawa

Police officers who broke the car window of Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East Hon Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobiwine are in trouble after police management decided to have them investigated and Charged.

On Easter Monday, police led by Deputy police Commander Kampala metropolitan area Denis Namuwoza stopped Hon Kyagulanyi on his way to One Love beach Busabala in Wakiso district to brief journalists on Cancelled Kyarenga extra concert.

Police stopped Hon Kyagulanyi together With his supporters at Busabala Junction traffic lights and ordered him to come out from his vehicle which he refused.

Police then arrested the Kyarenga extra concert organizer Abbey Musinguzi also known as Abbitex and Bobi’s Body guard Eddie Mutwe for defying police orders.

The singer’s supporters got aggravated and pelted stones at the police, this forced police to fire live bullets and tear gas at the angry mob

Addressing the media at Naguru police headquarters, police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said that the officers who were involved in that incident will be charged since they didn’t take steps in that operation.

This comes after President Yoweri Museveni come out blamed police of breaking Bobi Wine’s car during arrest on Easter Monday which was not necessary .

President Museveni said officer’s who was commanding the operation made a poor decision to break the window screen.

However, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that , breaking through any motor vehicle can be done by an authorized officer whether they have a court order or not , he however adds that ” this should be done well all available options have been exhausted” .

Enanga added that the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) together with the law department are analysing this issue and the force will take action according to the findings.

Updates: Bobi Wine granted bail

By Sania Babirye

Bobi Wine has been granted a one million cash bail. sureties ordered to pay 10M non cash. Magistrate has barred him from participating in unlawful procession. If he participates in any procession his bail will automatically be nullified.

1:51PM

Meanwhile Hon. Kyagulanyi Robert aka Bobi Wine has once again been given a chance to a dress court after grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya concluded hearing his bail application.

In his own words Bobiwine say “I thank you for this opportunity to address court. It is not we on trial but the court. Whatever you decide isn’t my business. My business is the truth, what is morally right.

If standing for what is right is going to keep me in this prison, so be it. After all I have a lot of work to do, even here in prison”.

1:36PM
Leader of opposition has criticized reasons cited by state while objecting to the bail application of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobiwine.

This is after state prosecutor Timothy Francis Amerit told court that sureties like Hon.Miria Matembe are insubstantial since she is of advanced age of 64 and not capable to feasibly compel Bobiwine to adhere to court orders.

However, the leader of Opposition says that its ironical that the State recently just amended the constitution and lifted the presidential age limit to allow even a person of over 100 years to rule the country yet,the state is objecting a person of 64 years to stand surety.

She says that she is not happy with the away the judge has handled the bail application including allowing the state prosecutor to take more than one hour saying completely rubbish.

Other opposition politicians like Allan Sewanyana have criticized what they called a move bu the judiciary to impose the video link conferencing for his bail application.

Ssewanyana says that the judiciary has violated the procedures of the video conferencing since it the suspect who requests it through its lawyers but instead, the judiciary imposed it on him without allowing him to give his opinion on whether he wanted his application to be heard via a video link.

Bobiwine has become the first person to have his case tried via the new technology that was launched bu the chief justice Bart Katureebe on the 15th of April 2019.
11:27AM
State says Hon.Kyagulanyi should be denied bail because his sureties are not substantial.

State prosecutor Timothy Francis Amerit has told court that one of the Surety Hon. Miria Matembe is of advanced age of 64 and there she is not feasibly capable to compel Bobi Wine to adhere to court orders.

Amerit has also objected to the two MPs on grounds that the two are MPs are equals to Bobi Wine and as a result has no legitimate authority over him including forcing him to return before court.

He says that sureties must have powers to force the accused person to adhere to court orders but not merely tell him.

He also says that Bobiwine has no constitutional right to bail but only to apply for bail and that court can either grant it or not.

He also says the three sureties and BobiWine have no fixed place of abode within the court jurisdiction since they reside out of Kampala.

He however has advised court that in case court grants Hon.Kyagulanyi bail it should be a 10 million cash bail but not a non cash bail as his lawyers had requested.

He has also told court that the charges against Bobi Wine are not of political persecution since he is charged with disobeying statutory duties.

10:27Am

Lawyers representing Kyadondo East jailed legislator led bu Asuman Basalirwa have asked Buganda road court grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya to grant Hon.Kyagulanyi a non cash bail.

Basalirwa says his client willingly subjected himself to the legal process and that he is neither on criminal summons or warrant of arrest but because court wanted him to be there and he obliged.

Basalirwa also says the charges preferred against Kyagulanyi don’t involve any violence because the main reason he was arrested even the state realized its significance and revised the OTT tax which means he was on the right cause for everyone including state.

He adds that Hon .Kyagulanyi is a peaceful man and has never been convicted of any offense under any courts of law and that through his music career, he has been helping police to fight crime.

He adds that Hon.Kyagulanyi is a family man with four children and a young wife and that he is not a flight risk because he is an MP representing people of Kyadondo East on top of being a sole bread winner for his tender family.

However, state is objecting to Hon.Kyagulanyi’s bail application

Asuman Basalirwa has also presented three sureties including Hon.Miria Matembe whom he said is a personal friend of Bobiwine in the struggle,42 year old Member of Parliament for Kasambya county Hon.Mbwa Tekamwa Gaffa and Hon.Nsamba Patrick of Kasanda East who is Bobiwine’s neighbor and also a colleague.
9:07AM
Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi will not be physically in court for his bail application this morning.

The application will be heard through a video conferencing system in which Buganda road court grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya will sit at Buganda road court while Bobi wine will be at Luzira prison.

Meanwhile this has left his Supporters puzzled because they expected to see him physically in court.

These are now dissatisfied saying the movie is biased since Bobi wine is not a charged with a capital offense.

It is also believed that if he is granted bail, he will be driven by security operatives straight to his home.

Some of the key personalities who are in court include Musician Hilderman, oppostion politicians Sulaiman Kidandala, Latif Sebagala, Allan Sewanyana among others.

On the 15th of April this year, the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe,commissioned a video conferencing system to Luzira Maximum Security Prison and Buganda Road court.
Justice Katureebe called upon all judges and other stakeholders to see that the system is used to serve its purpose.
He said that if fully used by judges to serve its purpose, they will see that the system is enrolled in all courts starting from the smallest (grade one courts) to the highest court (Supreme court).
The facility will be used for the mentioning of criminal cases before they are fixed for trial.
He says that the program is going to save suspects and Luzira prison officials the burden of coming to court even for short sessions like mentioning of case as it has been the case.

8:39AM
Supporters of Bobiwine are stranded at court as the judiciary decides to hear his bail application through video conferencing.

This means that Bobi wine will not be brought to court but Buganda road court grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya will hear it with Hon.Kyagulanyi at Luzira prison premises.

It is also believed that if he is granted bail, he will be driven by security operatives straight to his home.

8:24PM
There is tight security and heavy deployment in Kampala as Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi ak Bobi wine is expected to return today before Buganda road court for his bail application.

UPDF soldiers have been deployed in surrounding areas including Kiseka Market and all roads leading to Buganda road court have been blocked and being heavily guarded by both UPDF soldiers and the Uganda police.

At the court entrance some members of the public with no proper identification have been bared from accessing court premises and only a handful of people are being allowed to access court.

Meanwhile a few supporters of Bobi wine who have been cleared by security to access court are anxiously waiting for him in the court corridors waiting for him to be produced in court.

Some of these include former deputy Lord Mayor Sulaiman Kidandala, his loyal bodyguard Eddie Mutwe among others

Buy for now Bobi wine has not arrived.

Bobi Wine sent to Luzira until till 2nd May

BY Sania Babirye

Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine has been remanded to Luzira prison on offenses relating to disobedience of statutory duty.

Hon. Kyagulanyi appeared before Buganda Road court Grade one magistrate Esther Nahilya who remanded the legislator to Luzira prison until the l 2nd /May 2019 .
This is after his lawyer Asuman Basalirwa reported to court that Bobi Wine’s sureties had been barred from accessing court premises and one of them Hon Francis Zaake was in police custody at Nagalama police station in Mukono.
The singer e arrived at Buganda Road court at 3.45pm and was whisked straight away to the dock before Grade one magistrate Esther Nahilya .

According to the amended charge sheet tendered before court , MP Kyagulanyi faces charges for offences he allegedly committed on 11th/July 2018 at City square within Kampala city where he is said to have held a public meeting without giving notice to any authorized officer or police who would ensure that all participants in his meeting are unarmed and peaceful .

Prosecution contends that Bobi Wine’s actions were contrary to sections 5 and 10 of the public Order Management Act of 2013.

Bobi Wine on Monday pleaded not guilty to the charge. He is jointly charged with four others namely; David Lule, Julius Katongole, Edward Sebuufu and Fred Nyanzi Sentamu .
The five suspects allegedly held the unlawful meeting as they were opposing the newly introduced OTT tax on social media .

The Kyadondo east constituency representative arrived at Buganda Road court at 3.45pm , taken direct court where he found nd his lawyers led by Asuman Basalirwa, his wife Barbie Itungo Kyagulanyi, his relatives, mps and other people already waiting .
However before leaving the court room to go to Luzira, MP Kyagulanyi e told the magistrate that he is neither corrupt nor a murderer but he is being charged and remanded over fighting for people’s rights .
Earlier on Monday Kyagulanyi was arrested by police from Mulago roundabout on his way to CIID headquarters in Kibuli where he was expected to record a statement on charges of inciting violence. He was driven away to Nagalama police station and was later transferred to Kampala to be formally charged.

Bobi Wine too busy for questioning: Katana

By Robert Segawa
Kyadondo East member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has not turned up at CID headquarters as per the summons to record statement.

Hon Kyagulanyi was expected to report at CID headquarters Kibuli on Friday but he sent his lawyers represented by Benjamin Katana of Pace Advocates to represent him.

On Thursday police summoned Hon Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobiwine asked him to report to the acting Commissioner in charge electoral and political crimes Directorate on 26th_April 2019 at 2pm Kibuli CID headquarters.

While at Kibuli , Katana told the media that his client is a law abiding citizen but the summons reached him on short notice yet he had other commitments hence he could not turn up.

He said that he has agreed with deputy CID Joseph Obwona that his client appears on Monday at 11am.

Police says on 22nd Bobiwine allegedly involved himself in inciting violence and unlawful assembly which defied the IGP’s guidelines during the preparation of Kyarenga extra concert in Busabala on Easter Monday.

Last week, the director of operations Asuman Mugenyi cancelled Kyarenga extra concert saying that the organizer failed to comply with the regulations which were set.

According to the letter signed by Director of police operations Asuman Mugenyi who says the first concert of Kyarenga had been characterized with multiple incidents of theft, public nuisance, violation of traffic rules and misconduct.

Mugenyi in his letter further said police intelligence showed that the concert was a risk to public safety.

Parliament ask Internal affairs minister to produce Bobi Wine in Court

By Alice Lubwama

Parliament has directed the ministry of internal affairs to have Kyadondo east legislator Robert Kyagulanyi A.K.A BobiWine produced before court so that he can be tried if he has any case to answer.

The directive by deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya comes after ,the state minister for internal affairs Obiga Kania gave contradicting statements on the floor of parliament regarding the confinement of hon Kyagulanyi.

The minister was supposed to present a statement this afternoon, explaining why the MP was being confined in his home but he said that he could not make it due to the nature of investigations being done by police. He added that the police had preferred criminal charges against Bobi wine and summoned him to CID headquarters to either appear today or tomorrow
to answer those charges.

The statements prompted Lwemiyaga county MP Theodore Sekikubo to put the minister in order and asked him to explain why the legislator was being detained instead of hiding under investigations .

Obiga further contradicted him self when he said that kyagulanyi was a free man who was just being confined in his home.

The leader of opposition Betty Aol Ochan insisted that kyagulanyi be taken to court if he has any case to answer because he was in pain for being detained in his home.

“We have just been in prison where Hon kyagulanyi is being detained in his house ,the MP is in pain for not leaving his house, the minister should tell us why they are not taking him to prison” Aol said

The leader of opposition intimated to the house that Ugandans were being pushed on the wall to rise up by continuing to abuse their rights such as denying them the right to move. “You should not push us to the wall,to the extent that we make Ugandans rise up.” She added.

The deputy speaker Jacob oulanya however said, “if police had established that he committed a crime his place should be in court and not being arrested in his house.”

The state minister for internal affairs Obiga Kania promised to take action and report back to parliament.

On Easter Monday legislator Kyagulanyi was put under house arrest after police cancelled his concert and fired tear gas at his supporters at One Love Beach Busabaala.

Police fire tear gas to disperse Bobi Wine’s disgruntled supporters

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda Police in conjunction with the military have heavily deployed at Busabaala, One Love Beach ahead of the blocked Kyarenga Concert which is scheduled to take place today, Monday 22 April.

By dawn police had mounted road blocks along Busabaala road in Wakiso district, police patrols and tear gas tracks were visible at the legislator’s privately owned beach.

Police has arrested the Kyarenga extra concert organizer for defying orders.Others arrested include the Kyadondo East member of Parliament body guard Edward Ssebufu aka Eddie Mutwe, Abbey Musinguzi Abbitex and Bajo and are currently detained at Katwe police station.

The organizers insist the concert will go on since they haven’t received a letter from the police stopping the concert.

Police says the organizers failed to stand by security guidelines,. Now, officers are currently battling Bobi wine supporters at One Love Beach Busabala who want to access the Venue.

The angry mob is throwing stones at police, forcing the police to shoot rubber bullets to disperse them.

On Sunday, police impounded two trucks with speakers which were hired by the organizers of Kyarenga extra concert.

According to the letter signed by Director of police operations Asuman Mugenyi, the previous concert of Kyarenga was characterized with multiple incidents of theft, public nuisance, violation of traffic rules and misconduct.

Mugenyi in his letter further says police intelligence shows the concerts are a risk to public safety.

He has therefore ordered the Territorial commanders to block the concert which is scheduled for today Easter Monday.

The operation is headed by deputy police Commander Kampala metropolitan area Geoffrey Namuwoza who says police presence in area is aimed to keep law and order.

Kyadondo East member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi wine, said so far 124 concert have been blocked by police since October 2017.

Singer Bobi wine will issue a statement on next course of action today.

Currently singer Bobi wine has locked him self in his car at a road block in Busabaala.

Police officers demoted over participation in Arua saga

By Sania Babirye

The Police Disciplinary Court has recommended the demotion of five Police Officers in connection to last year’s chaotic Arua Municipality parliamentary by-elections.

While announcing the ruling at Arua Municipal Council hall this morning the Police Disciplinary Court Chairperson, Dennis Odongopiny said the officers were found guilty of negligence of duty.

He has now sentenced Superintendents of Police-SP Robert Junena Okia, the former West Nile Zonal Field Force Unit Commander, Jonathan Musinguzi, the former West Nile Region Police Commander and former Arua DPC, Abbas Senyonjo to reduction in rank to Assistant Superintendents of Police.

The same court sentenced Senior Superintendent of Police, Edward Mugweri, the former West Nile Region Crime Intelligence Officer to reduction in rank to Superintendent of Police.
More than 4,000 residents of three sub counties in Bunyangabu district are living in fear of eviction from their homes by Mathias Kintu who says the land belonged to his late grandfather, Yohana Maingira.

However the occupants of the land have dismissed Kintu’s claims.

Now the Defense and Veterans Affairs Minister who also doubles as the Bunyangabu Member of Parliament promises to talk to Kintu to allow government to buy the land for the

Gulu court pushes Arua saga court hearing to next year

By Moses Kidandi

Gulu Grade One Magistrate Isaac Imoran Kintu has adjourned hearing the case against Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine to 10th January 2019.

The accused Bobi Wine,MP Kassiano Wadri, and 26 co-accused had appeared before the court today for mention of their case.

The state claims the accused stoned one of President Museveni’s car, smashing it hind windscreen on August 13 during Arua Municipality by-election campaigns.

Police said they had completed investigations into the case,however Prosecution led by Mr Paul Weponde informed court that they were not ready to proceed with the case since the police had not submitted evidence to them.

Gulu Grade One Magistrate Isaac Imoran Kintu is now urging the prosecution team to speed up inquiries to ensure that an expeditious takes off since most of the accused persons come from outside the jurisdiction.

The magistrate has ordered the State to expedite investigations to avoid further inconveniences after the defense team led by Mr Henry Komakech Kilama argued that the accused persons are incurring a lot of expenses traveling from Kampala and Arua to attend the court sessions.

Mr Kilama also asked court to issue fresh summons to CID officers from Arua and Gulu districts to explain about his clients’ properties that were confiscated from them during custody such as vehicles, IPads, phones, laptops and money.

Bobi Wine asks president to care for his grandchildren

By Deo Wasswa

The Kyadondo East constituency representative in Parliament, Kyagulanyi Sentamu, commonly known as Bobi Wine has urged the President of Uganda to respect  the rights of Ugandans because there was a time when Mr. Museveni was not the President and there will be also a time when he is not the president.

While addressing journalists at his home in Magere, Bobi wine said that President Museveni  should make sure that  his officers especially in Uganda Peaople’s Defense Force and Police stop brutalizing and torturing Ugandans.
According to him, its not late for  Mr. Museveni to listen and do right things that will help him to leave legacy after retiring as the president.
Bobi wine asked that the president  to behave like a grand father who cares and defends his grand children which on the contrary he is surprisingly tcontinued to behave violently against the grand children.
He added the the president should also behave as states man but not a politician who always  cares only about the next election.
Bobi wine has also noted that it has come to his attention that the government has started to plant some hooligans in People power with intention of causing chaos to the  public.