Bobi Wine demands for his wedding ring, cars

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine together with his co-accused in the treason case before the court in Gulu have asked their trial magistrate to issue an order to the police to return their belongings.

The musician turned politician together with 34 others including MPs Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality), Paul Mwiru (Jinja Municipality East) and Kassiano Wadri  (Arua Municipality) were appearing before Gulu Grade One Magistrate Imran Kintu for the mention of their treason case.

In the dock, some of the suspects wore red berets.

Through their defence lawyer Tonny Kitara, the suspects asked court to order for the return their belongings since they have no connection to the case.

Bobi Wine claimed that the security personnel took his wedding ring, $600 (Shs 2.2 million) and two cars.

Wadri said, the police took Shs 85 million from him plus his lawfully acquired pistol while Knight Asala is demanding for her handbag and two knickers.

The magistrate issued orders for the officers in charge of Criminal Investigations at Gulu and Arua police stations to appear before the court on March 19 when the case will come up again for mention.

The two months adjournment was given after the state attorney Julius Ocen told court that investigations are not yet complete.

This angered the suspects who through their lawyer wondered why after six months, the state hasn’t concluded the investigations.

The accused were arrested in August last year during the by-elections for the Arua Municipality MP after President Yoweri Museveni accused them of stoning his convoy.

“It is a total abuse of power, and it is sad that it is being done within the confines of the judiciary,” said Karuhanga.

Mwiru said their trial is defective since the charges were not sanctioned by the director of public prosecutions.

On his part, Bobi Wine described the trial as political persecution.

“It is clear that our trial is just persecution, we don’t have so much hope from here, in fact, [this trial] is reflective of the suffering of  millions of other Ugandans who are denied justice,” Bobi Wine said.

After the court session, Bobi Wine led his colleagues in the singing of his controversial new song, Tuliyambala Engule.