Bullets, teargas mar Bobi Wine freedom jubilations

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Gulu town after Bobi Wine release

Police and the national army used teargas and live bullets to disperse supporters of Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine along the Kampala – Gulu highway.

Bobi Wine was granted bail on Monday together with other legislators at Gulu High court, ending nearly two weeks in detention.

More than 29 accused were given bail yesterday. Those that weren’t released was because they didn’t have sureties and their lawyers were working around the clock to get them released.

The release of the legislators and other suspects sparked off jubilations in Gulu town where people made a procession across the town, prompting a quick police and military deployment.

There was a lot of excitement all over as people waited in town to meet him and they were heard chanting ‘People Power our Power’.

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People were lined up along roads to have a glimpse of the ambulance that was transporting Bobi Wine back to Kampala.

Bullets and teargas

A heavy military and police deployment was quickly organised in all major townships along the Gulu – Kampala highway.

Teargas and bullets rocked Luweero Township as a combined force of the police and the army tried to break-up crowds waiting for Bobi Wine’s convoy from Gulu.

Youth burning flammables in Luweero [URN photo]
At least 46 youths were arrested and one critically injured in Luweero town council. The youth burned used furniture and garbage along Kampala-Gulu highway as they celebrated.

Concurrently, celebrations were underway in Kamwokya where Bobi hails from as people received the news of his release with much excitement.

The same people engaged security forces for three days in “Free Bobi Wine” protests, making their voices heard.

Kamwokya, which is also where Kyagulanyi started his music career under his stage name Bobi Wine, was filled with the music of the musician turned politician as fans expressed their happiness about the release of the legislator.

In Kampala, five printers from Nasser road in Kampala were arrested and detained at Central Police station (CPS) Kampala after being found in possession of different materials containing the ‘Free Bobi Wine’ messages.

The Spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan Police, Luke Owoyesigyire says the suspects have been charged with inciting violence.

Bobi Wine at Lubaga

Bobi Wine arrived at Lubaga hospital late in the night where he will be treated. MP Francis Zaake is also gravely ill at the same institution.

He is expected to be flown to United Kingdom where he will be admitted at London Royal Hospital, according to his lawyers.

Uganda Prisons authority denied aiding security Agencies in torturing suspects allegedly handed over by Prisons.

This follows incidences of torture targeting legislators facing treason charges following the just concluded Arua Municipality Polls.

In the afternoon, President Museveni summoned the NRM Caucus at State House Entebbe over an undisclosed agenda—just after the release of Bobi Wine.

To some NRM Legislators who spoke to us before leaving for Entebbe, the meeting was to brief them on the current state of security in the country.

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