Gulu court orders on Bobi Wine’s treatment

A magistrate in Gulu has ruled that Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and 33 other treason suspects currently on remand in Gulu prison should access treatment from private health facilities of their choice.

This followed a prayer by lawyer Medard Lubega Sseggona who asked the magistrate not to remand Bobi Wine in the prison but a hospital where he can access medical care that he urgently needs.

The musician cum politician was this morning added on the same charge sheet with MPs Kassiano Wadri (Arua Municipality), Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality), Paul Mwiru (Jinja Municipality East), former Makindye East MP Michael Mabikke and 29 others.

The accused are facing treason charges allegedly committed on August 13 in Arua when the presidential motorcade was stoned.

Bobi Wine’s trial before a magistrate followed the dropping of charges against him before the military court that sat in Gulu earlier today.

About 5 prison warders helped Bobi Wine to walk into court before his made an application that the MP be allowed to access private medical care.

“Considering the physical and emotional appearance of the accused person, he has been in detention since 15th August, badly beaten by military and has not received treatment since then apart from pain killers and the army massaging his face that it gets back in shape, we request that he be remanded at a health facility where he can get treated,” Sseggona said.

He also asked court to make fresh orders for the 33 suspects already on remand to access treatment from health facilities of their choice.

“This court as a custodian of justice cannot sit back as the health of the accused deteriorates, you are however remanded till 30th of this month,” the magistrate, Yunus Ndiwalana ruled.

He also directed that all the 33 suspects access treatment from health facilities of their choice.

Those who cannot afford private medical care, the magistrate directed, should be taken to government hospital for treatment.

Outside the court premises, a crowd waving tree branches and chanting “People power, our power” waited.

Bobi Wine was later led out of the court cells into a sky blue Uganda Prisons Land Cruiser that drove him away under heavy police escort.