KAMPALA – Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine has today October 28 vowed to petition the Constitutional Court over the legality of his pending criminal charges in relation to OTT before Buganda Road Court.
Bobi Wine appeared today for the hearing of a case against him and four others but the trial was adjourned to December 12 after one of the accused, David Lule did not turn up. Criminal summons have been issued against him.
Bobi Wine said it would be unfair for court to continue trying him on charges of disobedience of statutory duty that stems from the Public Order Management Act 2013 which is already under challenge by the Uganda Law Society.
The state was ready to proceed, however through their lawyer Mr Anthony Wameli the accused asked presiding Grade One Magistrate Esther Nahilya to stay the trial and frame questions for reference to the Constitutional Court asking it to determine whether the Public Management Act does not infringe on citizens right to assembly.
Bobi Wine was unable to raise his objections.
Bobi Wine, together with his brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, his bodyguard Edward Ssebuwufu aka Eddie Mutwe and two others, are accused of Disobedience of Statutory Duty; an offence they allegedly committed on July 11, 2018, at Constitutional Square along Kampala Road in protest of social media and Mobile Money Tax.
The prosecution alleges that the suspects offended sections of the Order Management Act of 2013, by holding a public meeting without giving notice to any authorised officer, and refusing to cooperate with police, to ensure that all participants are peaceful and not armed.