The National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential flag bearer Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine has been granted bail by Iganga chief magistrate Jessica Chemeri on Friday.
Bobi Wine who was arrested by Police on the orders of DPC Frank Mwesigwa on Wednesday with two others as he was campaigning in Luuka district was charged with doing an act likely to spread infectious diseases, under section 171 of the Penal Code Act, a charge which he plead not guilty to before court.
His arrest and detention at Nalufenya Police Station has led to country wide demonstrations that have seen over 35 people loose their lives
Defence lawyers led by Medard Segona told court the offence Mr Kyagulanyi was charged with is bailable by court under the constitution.
“The accused person is a responsible person with a fixed place of aboard as stated by the state prosecution, a member of parliament for kyandondo east who understands his obligation to court and vying for the highest office in the country, the presidency. We have sureties that will ensure he appears before court when required by court during the court process” he said.
Bobi Wine was released on a non cash bond of 1 million and 5 million cash bail for his two sureties Mr Paul Mwiru Member of Parliament Jinja East and Nambeshe John Baptist MP Manjiya County.
When given a chance to speak before court Mr kyagulanyi said the case should not be Uganda Vs Kyagulanyi but rather Uganda Vs Museveni.
“Museveni should be in the docks for killing innocents Uganda and committing crimes against humanity. Your Honor I am not here because I committed a crime. I am here because I offered myself to lead Ugandans into ending 35 years of a dictatorship” Kyagulanyi said.
Bobi Wine who has been attracting massive crowds with his campaign rattling the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) is expected to report back to court on December 18, 2020 for mention of the case.
While granting bail, her worship Chemeri cautioned Kyagulanyi to follow the set campaign guidelines.
“The accused being a presidential candidate must adhere to the campaign guidelines set by the Electoral Commission and the standard operating procedures set by the ministry of Health” she said
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