By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
The government of Uganda has literally bowed down to the pressure mounted by the supporters of National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine and released him from detention.
Bobi Wine was granted bail by Iganga Chief Magistrates Court on Friday afternoon, although court set conditions for the non-cash bail of Shs1 million while his two sureties and fellow legislators Paul Mwiru (Jinja Municipality, East) and John Baptist Nambeshe (Manjiya County, Bududa) were bonded Shs5 million non-cash.
Presiding over the court session in Iganga this afternoon of November 20, 2020, Her Worship
Justice Josephine Nakato directed Bobi Wine to adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures
that were put in place by the Electoral Commission (EC) intended to curb the spread of
COVID-19 during campaigns. According to the EC, a campaign rally should not have more
than 200 people.
Bobi Wine turned up in Court amid tight security and heavy deployment but he appeared
strong and firm and in his deliberations in the dock.
“I am not here because I committed a crime. I am here because I offered myself to lead
Ugandans into ending 35 years of a dictatorship,” Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi
said in the dock.
He added; “It is Museveni that is supposed to be in this dock for killing innocent civilians and
for committing crimes against humanity.”
It should be noted that as of today, Police Forensic Pathologist Dr Moses Byaruhanga has
confirmed that the death toll from the protests that broke out on Wednesday in different parts
of the country stands at 37, with more than 40 nursing wounds from police bullets.
Bobi Wine was arrested by security authorities on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, in Luuka
District for allegedly flouting COVID-19 SOPs.
Several other presidential candidates like ANT’s Mugisha Muntu, and Gen Henry Tumukunde among others have since suspended their campaign activities in solidarity with Bobi Wine.
Shortly before being granted bail, Bobi Wine told the court that; “I want to use this opportunity to tell Mr Museveni that there no amount of torture that will intimidate us. We are going to fight until we bring him down because the seat he is using to dictate is a seat that belongs to Ugandans. I am in court not because I committed any crime but because I offered myself to stand against Museveni so as to free the Ugandans.”
Bobi Wine, who was arrested on Wednesday from Luuka District, where he was on his campaign trail, is set to announce his next move after being granted bail.