MBALE – The hearing of the case which National Unity Platform president Robert Kyagulanyi sued security officers for blocking his talk shows has been adjourned to September 24th, this year.
Kyagulanyi did not show up in the Mbale court on Wednesday, but his lawyer Medard Lubega Ssegona said his client was nursing injuries after police brutalized him last Saturday
Police deployed heavily along the roads leading to the High Court in Mbale to prevent People Power supporters from overcrowding at court.
Bobi Wine sued government for blocking his radio talk show in Mbale city in August.
In the suit filed at Mbale High court through his lawyers of Wameli & Co. Advocates, Kyagulanyi says the government actions are not acceptable or demonstrably justifiable in a free and democratic society.
The respondents to the suit are the Attorney General, Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola, Elgon Region Police Commander, Wesely Nganizi, Mbale District Police Commander, Fred Ahimbisbwe, Mbale Resident Commissioner, Sulaiman Ogajjo Barasa.
The others are the Officer in Charge of Mbale Central Police Station, Arafat Kato and District Internal Security Officer, George Mwonda. The suite comes a few days after police blocked Kyagulanyi from appearing on a weekly political talk show on the Mbale city based BCU FM radio.
Bobi Wine says they infringed on his right to freedom of the press and other media contrary to Article 29(1a), 43(2a) of the 1995 constitution. Kyagulanyi also contends that the respondents violated his right to equity and freedom from discrimination contrary to article 21(1a) and 43(2a and c) of the constitution.
He wants the respondents to personally compensate him for the violation of his rights, pay punitive damages for their high handedness and fragrant breach of the law. “It is in the interest of the of protection of human rights and the rule of law that an order of a permanent injunction does issues restraining the respondents, their agents or persons acting under them from further blocking me from accessing and/or speaking on any radio station in Mbale or elsewhere,” reads the application