Rollercoaster day for Bobi Wine as he is re-arrested
SEE ALSO :Firm to assemble phones in Uganda“The court is not an instrument of arresting. The gentleman seated right there was beaten and his rights were abused. My prayer is he should be freed and he gets medication. He needs urgent medical care,” his lawyer protested the move. A limping and teary Bobi Wine was ushered onto a waiting white police vehicle after he left the court room on route to the Chief Magistrate Court in Gulu. Opposition Kizza Besigye was also arrested on this morning for trying to leave his home that had been surrounded by police and military personnel. As at 12:20
SEE ALSO :Babu Owino banned from visiting UgandaThe Magistrate Court rules that Bobi Wine be remanded until August 30 when he will be charged with his co-accused. The judge further directed that he be allowed to access private medical care. Where it all began Bobi was arrested 10 days ago after the presidential convoy was stoned in the north-western town of Arua and charged before a court martial in Gulu. He was campaigning for independent -leaning opposition candidate Kassiano Wadri who would the Arua Municipality seat from prison in a hard-fought race that saw President Yoweri Museveni campaign for ruling NRM candidate in vain.
SEE ALSO :Farmers compete with monkeys for foodA crowd that jeered Museveni's convoy and stoned a car in the presidential convoy was dispersed by police. Later police shot dead Bobi Wine's driver. Ugandan security officers alleged that they found firearms in his hotel room, claims that have been denied by the hotel management and those present on the day of his arrest. Protests The arrest of the popular MP - a vocal critic of the long-serving president - has angered many in Uganda and internationally eliciting protests. This afternoon Kenyan rights groups demonstrated in front of Uganda House along Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi, demanding Bobi Wine's freedom. On Monday, demonstrators in central Kampala set fire to piles of tyres and wooden pallets, blocking traffic, and lobbed stones at policemen