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Treason case against Bobi Wine, 34 others returns to court

Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi helped out of the van at Gulu Magistrates Court on August 23. Bobi Wine and other 34 are set to return to court(FILE PHOTO)

GULU: The case in which Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and 34 others are accused of treason returns to the Gulu Magistrate’s Court on Monday, December 3 for the mention.

According to prosecution, Bobi Wine, four MPs and others threatened the life of President Museveni when they allegedly threw stones at his convoy, smashing a hind windscreen of one of the cars on August 13 at the tail end of the Arua Municipality By-election campaigns.

The accused MPs include Kassiano Wadri (Arua Municipality), Gerard Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality) and Paul Mwiru (Jinja East). Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake is not yet included on the charge sheet as his case is still before police. Bobi Wine’s bodyguard, Edward Ssebuufu, and a one Musa Ssenyange were, later charged with treason in September.

One of the group’s lawyers, Mr Asuman Basalirwa, on Sunday said the group will appear for mention of their case and another adjournment. He also revealed that the security officers who arrested the MPs and others will be expected in court to present some of the items they confiscated from the group such as mobile phones, money, and the cars belonging to Bobi Wine and Wadri.

During the last court session, Basalirwa told the court presided over by Magistrate Yunus Ndiwalana that some of the accused’s mobile phones were being used by soldiers of Special Forces Command to call and arrest relatives of the accused.

Magistrate Ndiwalana then ordered the CID officials from both Gulu and Arua districts to present the exhibits when the accused appear in court on Monday.

Treason charges have been brought against Mr Museveni’s political opponents in the past but the cases either drag on in court or the charges are eventually dropped.

Musician Bobi Wine has emerged as an influential critic of Museveni after winning a seat in Parliament last year.

The 36-year-old opposition MP has used his music to address the country’s political and social issues.

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