GULU – The lawyer of Mr Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, has described the release of the Kyadondo East MP from military detention as leaving the “lion’s jaws”.
Bobi Wine was on Thursday charged with treason in the Gulu Magistrate’s Court after the army court dropped charges of being in possession of firearms against him.
Although the legislator was remanded to Gulu Central Prison until 30th August, Mr Medard Ssegona said for now they were relieved that their client was no longer facing the military trial, which he described as President Museveni’s tool of oppressing his political opponents.
“Mr Museveni is just very desperate, we need to be careful with him but we should not relent in our struggle. We must work for our country and fear the constitution more than a mortal President Museveni,” he told journalists on Thursday after the court session.
He also revealed that they have applied for bail of Bobi Wine and that of his co-accused in the Gulu High Court.
Mr Eddie Yawe, a brother to Mr Bobi Wine who was also at court, said as the family, they are relieved that Bobi is out of military detention. He said they will keep up the fight for his freedom.
Former president of Forum for Democratic Change party Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu said they have high hopes that the suspects will receive justice in the civil court.
Section 23 of the Penal Code Act states that a person commits treason when he/she levies war against Uganda, unlawfully causes or attempts to cause the death of the President or maim or disfigure him/her or aims at the person of the President any gun or offensive weapon whether it contains any explosive or destructive substance or not.
A person convicted of treason is liable to suffer death
The prosecution alleges that the pop star-turned-politician and his co-accused on August 13 in Arua Municipality and other places within Uganda, with intent to harm the President of Uganda, unlawfully aimed and threw stones, thereby hitting and smashing the rear windscreen of a presidential car.