By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
As we already know, National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine’s closest friends – his singing partner Ali Bukenya aka Nubian Li and head of private security Eddie Sebufu popularly known as Eddie Mutwe were arrested on December 30 last year, but to the amazement of many, are being charged for the crime they allegedly committed on January 3 this year.
These two, plus 34 others have been produced in the General Court Martial several times for the hearing of their bail application but have been subsequently sent back on remand to Kitalya prison, something that does not sit well with NUP supporters and some human rights activists.
Although the prosecution alleges that these two and tens of others were found in illegal possession of a gun and ammunition, Bobi Wine contends that theirs goes way beyond what the public knows.
In a long Facebook post where he explained the cost of supporting their families in their absence, the illegality of their continued apprehension and demand for their unconditional release, Bobi Wine said that Nubian Li and Eddie Mutwe are being punished for refusing money offers from the regime to recall their support for Bobi Wine.
“Their stated crime according to the charge sheet is unlawful possession of ammunition, an offence they apparently committed on 3rd January when they were already under military custody. But we all know their real crime, don’t we?
“Museveni is punishing them for believing that Uganda deserves better. He is punishing them for associating with me. He is punishing them for daring to dream that a New Uganda is possible.
“For comrades like Nubian Li and Eddie Mutwe, their crime is even more severe. How dare they reject the many offers of money which the regime made to them to betray me? For the past three years, the regime has sent countless envoys to all people I work with closely,” Bobi Wine claims.
The singer-turned-politician goes on to say that some of his close supporters have been offered money, others jobs, others trips abroad, others land and that Nubian Li, Eddie Mutwe, and other leaders have been some of the key targets.
“These two flatly rejected these offers and the envoys were very clear – ‘You will not love the consequences.’ Some as we all know accepted the offers and chose to work for the dictator!” Bobi Wine explained.