Kyadondo East member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine has been granted bail by Buganda Road Grade Magistrate’s court.
Court presided by Grade one magistrate Esther Nahilya granted Kyagulanyi a one million shillings cash bail. His sureties also executed a Shs 10m non–cash bond each. The sureties are Dr Miria Matembe the former minister for Ethics and Integrity and two ruling party, National Resistance Movement MPs; Mbwatekamwa Gaffa and Oshabe Patrick Nsamba.
Court ruled that the sureties are substantial with local council documents and national identification cards although they do not live in the jurisdictions of Buganda Road court.
“The sureties are substantial and I, therefore, release the accused/applicant on the following grounds”, Nahilya said.
The state had argued Matembe was too old to compel Kyagulanyi to return to court while the MPs were too young and nearly of the same age as Kyagulanyi and therefore wouldn’t be able to prevail over him incase he were to jump bail.
“Whatever you decide your honour, that is not my business. My business is standing for the truth. My business is standing for what is morally right…standing for what is morally beneficial to you, to me, and to those people that are persecuting me under the guise of prosecution and to all the people of Uganda. My honour, if standing for what is right, if standing for truth is going to earn me my freedom, I will thank God for it. But, your honour, if standing for what is right is going to keep me in this prison, then I will thank God even louder after all I have a lot of work to do even here in prison.” Kyagulanyi defiantly said.
Kyagulanyi’s bail application was heard via the recently installed teleconferencing system where suspects don’t have to physically be present in court rooms for the hearing of their cases.
Nahilya cautioned Kyagulanyi against engaging in unlawful demonstrations or else his bail will be cancelled. Kyagulanyi was arrested from Mulago roundabout on Monday as he headed to CID Kibuli to record a statement.
He was later whisked away to Nagalama police station before he was later arraigned in Buganda Road court on charges of disobedience of statutory duty. The charges date way back in 2018 when the legislator and four others led a protest against the government policy to introduce Over the Top Services (OTT) tax. He was remanded to Luzira prison until today when his bail application was heard by the same court.
Court has now directed the prosecution to share the evidence they intend to use in the trial of Kyagulanyi and his co-accused to their lawyers before May 23 when hearing of the case resumes.
The prosecution team led by Francis Amerit Timothy told court that investigations into the matter are now complete.