Arua unrest: Bobi Wine, Kassiano Wadri, others freed

Told his story, Bobi Wine.

‘People Power leaders’ have been granted a non cash bail by Gulu High Court.

Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine who’s the Kyandondo East MP and Arua Municipality MP elect, Kassiano Ezati Wadri are out of prison after they were granted bail.

On Monday, the above politicians and others like Paul Mwiri [MP Jinja East] Gerald Karuhanga [MP Ntugamo], Mike Mabike [ex Makindye East MP] and others appeared before Gulu High Court resident Judge, Steven Mubiru.

Other accused are Atiku Shaban, Adama Benard, Onen Muhammad, Musisi William, Andam Anyway and Ejaga Muhammad.

Bobi Wine and his colleagues, including their supporters, some women are facing treason charges following bad political games that engulfed Arua town on 13 August, 2018. This was ahead of a hot by-election two days later, on 15 August.

Five days ago, Wine who was charged with possession of illegal firearms and ammunitions appeared before Brig Andrew Guti’s Military Court Martial sitting in Gulu.

Surprisingly, charges against him were soon dropped and set free amid jubilation from his fans and relatives across the country.

That celebrations that soon sparked into entire country was short-lived after Bobi’s Lawyer, Ssegona Medard told his client outside court that Bobi Wine was under arrest by Police.

He was transported in a police car straight to Gulu Magistrates’ Court from where he was charged with treason.

His co-accused had earlier been remanded by the same court on treason charges.

 Basing on Bobi Wine’s deteriorating health status according to his Lawyers and personal doctor who checked on him while in detention, his Lawyers had to apply for bail to allow him and others get better medical care.

On Monday, they appeared before High Court in Gulu who granted them temporary bail after presenting their sureties who included Mughisa Muntu, former FDC party president, Reagan Okumu, Aswa county MP also FDC deputy president for northern region, Winnie Kizza – the Kasese district Woman MP and former Leader of Opposition in Parliament, among other sureties.

Their bail acceptance though, came with a tough condition for Arua Municipality MP elect, Kassiano Wadri who has been barred from stepping his foot in Arua for three months.

According to State prosecutor, allowing Wadri to go back to Arua after bail would interfere with police investigations.

State argues that it would also cause more setback to the healing process since allege crimes were committed there [Arua].

In his ruling, Gulu High Court Judge Steven Mubiru agreed to State’s submission and that of the accused Lawyers, saying that a ‘middle ground’ was reached.

Justice Mubiru further told Court that in case there’s an urgent event that demand the presence of  MP elect, Wadri to go to his constituency, he would only do so after getting permission from the Court.

He granted a non cash bail of shs.5m to twelve accused and a non cash bail of shs.10m to their sureties.

The case was adjourned to 30, August, 2018.

Reporting by Denis Otii and Jackson Quest, Gulu High Court

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