Free Bobi Wine protest suspects charged with inciting violence

Free Bobi Wine protest suspects charged with inciting violence
Ugandan security forces briefly beat then detain a protesters in Kampala, Uganda, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.

Police have slapped charges of inciting violence; unlawful assembly and malicious damage against 78 people picked up from various places in Kampala in connection to the “Free Bobi Wine” protests on Monday this week.

Police has already sent the files to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for perusal and sanctioning. The files were sent from Katwe and Central Police Station (CPS) Kampala. They were prepared after screening the suspects in custody and recording statements from witnesses and their arresting officers.

The suspects include mechanics, vendors and small business operators from Kisekka, Nasser Road, Nakasero Market and Katwe. Only 33 out of the 50 suspects who were locked up at CPS are on the charge sheet.

The remaining suspects were released after establishing that they were not part of the protests while others were released immediately due to the injuries they sustained during arrest.

The only two suspects who were locked up at Old Kampala Police Station were released unconditionally. At Katwe Police Station, only 45 of the more than 60 suspects locked up are on the charge sheet.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, says the suspects will appear in court when the files return from the DPP.

Meanwhile 24 of the 31 suspects picked up in Mukono in connection to the “Free Bobi Wine” protests appeared before the Mukono magistrate’s court on Wednesday and were remanded to Kawuga Prisons.

They were charged with inciting violence; unlawful assembly and malicious damage to property. Dozens of people poured into the streets in Kampala on Monday to protest the arrest and continued detention of the Kyadondo East Legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi following his arrest on Monday last week in Arua Town.

Kyagulanyi was picked up together with others MPs including Paul Mwiru, Gerald Karuhanga and the Arua Municipality MP-Elect Kassiano Wadri, former MP Michael Mabikke and 30 others after unidentified people reportedly pelted the president’s convoy with stones as he was returning from the last campaign rally of NRM’s Nusura Tiperu at Boma grounds in Arua Park.

He was tortured and later arraigned in the UPDF General court martial on charge of illegal possession of fire arms. The MP didn’t enter any pleas since he could barely understand what was happening in the court according to his lawyers, Asuman Basalirwa and Medard Ssegona. Kyagulanyi is expected to appear later today in the same court in Gulu.

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