Bobi Wine demands Police to return his wedding ring, cars

MP Bobi Wine [R] and others in the court dock on Thursday. Photo by David Okema.

  • Another suspect, Night Asara says police took her panties, she told Court, she wants them.

The Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East Constituency in Wakiso district, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has requested the Court to order police to release his property more especially his wedding ring,

Wine says his wedding ring was impounded during the scuffle that marred the eve of Arua Municipality MP by election in August 2018.

Mr Wine made the request on Thursday 10, January 10, 2019 when he appeared with other 33 suspects charged with treason over Arua political melee in which president Museveni’s motorcade was reported stoned.

The suspects appeared before Magistrate Isaac Kintu.

“They took from me Uganda shillings 3.5 million, 600 US dollars, a wedding ring, an Iphone 8, a lapel microphone, Identity cards for Parliament and Cavendish University and a watch but more importantly I want my wedding ring,” Bobi Wine told court.

And jokingly, he asked the magistrate also to question state about the guns the security operatives alleged was recovered from him.

Bobi Wine, Jinja East MP, Paul Mwiru, Ntungamo Municipality MP, Gerald Karuhanga, Arua Municipality MP, Kassiano Ezati Wadri and Mike Mabike, among other suspects were arrested following the incident on August 13th where Bobi Wine’s driver Yasin Kawuma was shot dead ahead of Arua Municipality by-election to replace fallen outspoken NRM MP, Ibrahim Abiriga.

Among other suspect, Night Asara, an LC5 Counselor for Arua local government demanded that court should order police to release her properties which includes a death of late brother, standard rules of procedures for Arua local government, two panties, phone, 380,000 Uganda shillings that she accused former Regional Police Commander West Nile, Jonathan Musinguzi for impounding.

Arua Municipality MP, Kassiano says security officers took away his Uganda shillings 85 million from his bag, wallet containing financial cards, camera, phone and a driving permit.

Meanwhile, Paul Mwiru says the security men took his Ipad that Parliament gave him for parliamentary business.

Bobi Wine added that much as they keep fulfilling the obligation of reporting to court, the outcome is not encouraging because the court has never assisted them to retrieve their properties which include the cars [his tundra] among other valuables.

Kyandondo East MP also says judiciary is not prosecuting their case but instead persecuting the suspects.

Counsel Tonny Kitara, the accused lawyer reiterated the demand for his clients and prayed to court to unconditionally release the properties because some of them are part of the daily lives.

Among other items that Kitara demanded court to order police to release includes; Toyata Tundra (black) UAT 416A, Toyota Land cruiser (coffee brown) UAW 207A all belonging to MP Kyagulanyi, Toyota Clugger (white) UAU 918N belongs to a suspect called Gamba Tumisemwe and a grader (yellow) UAP 046R belonging to Francis Sebuliba, the employer of suspect Musa Ssenyage alias Rabadaba. 

Others include a private license pistol with 13 rounds of ammunition belonging to MP Kasianno Wadri and the phones belonging to all the suspects.

Most of the suspects revealed to court the properties they lost and majority were phones and money.

The defense counsel also argues that the case is left with only two months mandatory period for trail and should it fail, then the defense shall condition court to dismiss the case.

However, the Resident State Attorney, Julius Ocen out reasoned the defense lawyers saying, “The case can be dismissed from court after six months mandatory periods according to the constitution when the suspects are remanded in prison and if the 35 Arua suspects want to benefit, it means the bail must be cancelled and taken back to prison.”

He prayed for adjournment because the case is still under inquiry, thus agreeing that suspects that has polices notes detailing their properties are free to claim them back but they cannot claims ownership of exhibits.

The Magistrate Kintu redirected the OC CID Arua and Gulu Police to appear in court to explain the state of the suspects’ properties and exhibits.

He adjourned the hearing to March 14th 2019.

He says the adjournment is to provide state humble time to conclude investigation into the case. 

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