By Ntongo Rajbah
Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi has been released by the General Court Martial in Gulu.
The Court headed by Chairman Gen Andrew Gutti dropped all charges related to illegal possession of fire arms against the Legislator describing it as “unfair.”
This followed an application to the GCM, by the State prosecutor MAJ Raphael Mugisha who told court that Government was considering dropping the charges against the legislator aka Bobi Wine.
This was not objected by Bobi’s lawyers led by Medard Lubega Ssegona.
The Chairman General Andrew Guti later informed court that he was however to be handed over to Police to answer other charges which was objected by his Lawyer Medard Ssegona saying court can’t be used as an arresting area.
Court was stood over for 10 minutes awaiting court to giving a ruling on the handing over of the legislator to be arrested. At this moment we saw presidential motorcade disembarking from Barracks which raised suspicion.
He later set him free of the charges.
Although Gen Gutti had declined the prosecution request to hand the MP to the Police, officials from the Uganda Police force were already waiting at the army court.
Police led by the head of Police Criminal Investigations Grace Akullo was seen informing Bobi’s lawyer that he was under arrest that he should be taken o civil court..
The Police had a waiting van to arrest him, but they allowed him to use another vehicle.
The MP who broke down in tears after the court chairman read out the ruling, was welcomed by his wife, a number of MPs and his lawyers.
He seemed to walk with a lot of unease, as he stepped out of the court room, and needed to be supported.
Outside the court, his lawyer, Lubega Seggona who had been in contact with the Police boss Grace Akullo, informed him that he had been placed under police arrest.
He was later produced before Gulu Chief Magistrates Court and charged with Treason contrary to Section 23 of the Penal Code Act.
According to the amended charge sheet, the MP was charged along with 34 others including fellow MPs with offences related to the alleged attempt to harm President Yoweri Museveni, during a campaign rally chaos in Arua district.
The prosecution claims that these, with intent to do harm to the person of President Yoweri Museveni, unlawfully aimed and threw stones, hitting and smashing the rear windscreen of the presidential car.
The trial Magistrate Yunus Ndiwalana, told Hon Bobi Wine before remanding him, that the offices against him were capital in nature and the court has no jurisdiction over them
Bobi Wine’s lawyers led by Counsel Lubega Segonna did not object to remanding their client, but asked that he should be remanded to a Hospital, given his physical and mental status.
There was demostrations outside Uganda in Kenya, Canada, UK and Netherlands led by Ugandans WHO camped at the Ugandan embassies.
In Kampala Rtd Col Dr Kiiza Besigye and Lubaga legislator kato Lubwama were arrested and taken to Nagalama while Ingrid Turinawe, Allan Ssewanyana and Lord Mayor locked inside their homes.