Lawyers, MPs denied access to Bobi Wine

A team of lawyers, opposition politicians and MPs have been denied access to Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi and his Mityana Municipality counterpart Francis Zaake Butebi who are incarcerated in Gulu Military Barracks.

The lawyers led by Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa arrived at the UPDF 4th Division headquarters in Gulu as early as 8:30am.

Bobi Wine’s wife Barbie Kyagulanyi with lawyer Asuman Basalirwa at Gulu Military Barracks

They were joined by a team of MPs Doreen Amule (Amolatar Woman), Medard Lubega Sseggona (Busiro East), Andrew Aja Baryayanga (Kabale Municipality), Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West) and Jova Kamateeka (Mitooma Woman) who were sent by Parliament to assess the condition of their detained colleagues.

With Kyagulanyi’s wife Barbie Itungo Kyagulanyi, the teams had a closed door meeting with the army chiefs led by the 4th Division Commander Brig Emmanuel Kanyesigye.

While they hoped that from the meeting they would be allowed to speak to Kyagulanyi and Zaake, Kanyesigye told them that they would to wait a little longer.

MPs and Lawayers during a meeting with Brig Emmanuel Kanyesigye in Gulu Military Barracks

According to Ssewanyana, Kanyesigye first denied Bobi Wine’s presence at the military installation claiming that he had been flown back to Gulu.

Kanyesigye later yielded to pressure and told the meeting that both Bobi Wine and Zaake were being hospitalised at the Gulu Military Hospital.

Former FDC president Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu is among the politicians camping in Gulu.

He questioned the conduct of army bosses at Gulu and expressed doubts that Bobi Wine would be presented before the military court as promised by the 1st deputy Prime Minister Gen Moses Ali in Parliament yesterday.

Former Leader of Opposition in Parliament Winnie Kiiza re-echoed Mugisha Muntu’s fears.

“There’s nothing taking place at the court martial, they don’t want to tell people that Hon Kyagulanyi is in the barracks, they’re non-committal, they don’t want us to know exactly where he is but we demand that they tell us,” Kiiza said.

The group has however accessed the other MPs who are in detention at Gulu Police Station who according to Kiiza were severely tortured.

“We were able to see some MPs but they were severely tortured, we have reason to believe that they tortured Hon Kyagulanyi beyond measure, that’s why they can’t let anyone access him. If they can deny his wife and lawyers access, who then will know the state he is in? We’re here to plead for justice, to plead that the rule of law prevails,” Kiiza said.