By Mable Nakibuuka
Over 100 supporters of National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine are to languish in prison until after Ugandans have voted for their next president on January 14th, 2021.
This comes after the Chief Magistrates Court in Masaka cancelled bail that had been granted to Bobi Wine’s supporters who include singer Nubian Li, Eddy Ssebuufu aka Eddie Mutwe and others on Monday.
The group that was arrested from Kalangala District last week where they were part of Bobi Wine’s campaign trail will not be able to vote for their candidate after court remanded them until January 19th, 2021.
It should be noted that although the Chief Magistrate’s Court granted bail to majority of NUP members and Bobi Wine’s private guards on Monday, many of them were shocked be bundled onto a Uganda Prisons truck before they were driven back to Kigo Prisons.
A total of 126 suspects appeared before both Masaka Chief Magistrate, Mr Charles Yeteisi and Grade One Magistrate, Ms Grace Wakholi at different intervals in two separate court rooms. The court administration indicated that this was to reduce time and the bulk of work for one court officials.
Yeteisi heard that Eddie Mutwe , Nubian Li and others on December 31 ,2020 at Kibale Village, Buyoga Sub County, Kalangala District incited violence and also committed a negligent act likely to spread an infectious disease. However, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The defence lawyers led by Majeran Kazibwe asked the court to grant the suspects bail since they have spent over five days in police custody and many had been tortured.
However, after the dilly-dallying that saw the suspects spend the entire day in court cells, both courts later decided to remand them until January 19th, 2021, although they did not give reasons why.