Bobi Wine charged, remanded to Luzira prison

Bobi Wine charged, remanded to Luzira prison
Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine in the dock at the Buganda Magistrate Court room in Kampala, April 29, 2019.

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine who was arrested on Monday 29th, April 2019 enroute to police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters in Kibuli, Kampala has been charged with disobedience of statutory duty and remanded to Luzira prison until May 2.

Bobi Wine who was accompanied by a mammoth crowd, was arrested near the Mulago roundabout and driven to Nagalama police station in Mukono district from where he was driven back to the city centre to Buganda Road Court to appear before Grade One magistrate Esther Nahirya.

He pleaded not guilty and has been charged alongside Disc Joker (DJ) David Lule, Julius Katongole a student and resident of Namasuba, his brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu and his bodyguard, Edward Sebufu alias Eddie Mutwe.

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The state alleges that on July 11, 2018 the accused and others still at large, held a public meeting (anti-social media tax demo) without notifying police contrary to provisions of the Public Order Management Act (POMA) sections 5 and 10.

The state further alleges that the accused, refused to coordinate and cooperate with police to ensure that all participants in the demonstration were unarmed and peaceful.

Bobi Wine, together with a group of other activists, last year, held a demonstration in downtown Kampala against the Shs 200 excise duty for use of Over the Top (OTT) services (commonly known as social media tax), saying it was unfair since Ugandans were already paying for taxes on airtime.

Bobi Wine, then managed to evade arrest when he disguised himself and jumped on a random boda boda straight to Parliament where MPs enjoy immunity from arrest.