Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine on Monday made a moving speech in court before he was remanded to Luzira prison.
Buganda Road Court charged him with disobedience of statutory duty, an offence prosecution says he committed in July 2018.
The magistrate who charged him asked not to be named or photographed for safety reasons.
When asked if he had anything to say, this is what Bobi Wine told court:
“Your honour thank you for this opportunity. I’m confident because indeed it’s not me on trial; it’s the court itself on trial. I have not committed any crime. I’m only here because I disagree with the political leadership of this country and in particular President Museveni.
But my spirit is confident because I’m here not because I’ve stolen public funds or killed somebody. I’m glad that I’m here because I’m fighting for them, you (magistrate) and everybody in this country.
I’m here for protesting against unfair taxation and against injustice. So if I’m to go through this oppression and pain for the betterment of my country so be it. At least I know that history will absolve me.”
Prosecution says Bobi Wine, his brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, one David Lule, Edward Sebufu and other still at large disobeyed lawful orders by holding an illegal protest contrary to section 116 of the Penal Code Act.
He was remanded to Luzira Prison until May 2, 2019 when he will return to court for further mention of the case.