Bobi Wine’s rearrest, detention sparks renewed protests in Uganda

Ugandan army soldiers stand in front of a crowd during protests by supporters of Ugandan pop star-turned-lawmaker Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, in Kampala, Uganda Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Protests erupted in Uganda's capital on Friday after police blocked Wine from leaving for the United States for treatment after alleged torture while in detention. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)

Uganda Police Force have used teargas and live bullets to disperse hundreds of angry supporters of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine at Kisekka Market.

Our reporter at Kisekka Market says that several Police officers from the Field Force Unit (FFU), regular Police and UPDF from the Military Police engaged in running battles with Bobi Wine’s supporters on Tuesday 30th, April 2019 early morning.

In the morning, a section of the youth told the traders to close their shops, saying that they were going to demonstrate.

On Kyagwe Road, all the shops closed.

Meanwhile, there is heavy deployment in different parts of the city especially in protest prone areas such Wandegeya, Kaleerwe, Kamwokya, City Square.

At Wandegeya junction, there were more than 20 policemen armed with both guns and teargas canisters.

In Kamwokya and Kalerwe, army and police were extinguishing tyres lit by protesters in the middle of the road while armed security men had spread to different corners.

“We are monitoring the strategic places using CCTV [Closed Circuit Television] cameras.

Even commanders of platoons deployed at different strategic points have been given gadgets that enable them connect with control room at CPS [Kampala Central Police Station],” a senior security officer told this publication.

On Monday 29th April, 2019 Bobi Wine appeared before the Buganda Road Grade one Magistrate’s Court and charged for disobedience of statutory duty contrary to section 116 of the Penal Code Act.

Bobi Wine arrest: Teargas, bullets rock Kisekka market
The arrest of Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.

The charges dates back to lasy year July, 2018. Prosecution alleges that in July, 2018, Kyagulanyi, his co accused and others at large while at City Square in Kampala, disobeyed sections 5 and 10 of the Public Order Management Act.

The Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate, Esther Nahilya remanded the suspects to prison until May 02, 2019.