Bobi Wine is under house arrest, Minister tells Parliament

The State Minister for Internal Affairs Mario Obiga Kania has told Parliament that Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi has been placed under house arrest because the police have some criminal charges against him.

Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine was arrested on Easter Monday as he approved his One Love Beach, Busaabal in Wakiso district, where he had organized a musical concert on Easter Monday.

“Police says Hon Kyagulanyi has committed some crimes, so he has been summoned to make a statement at the CID either today or tomorrow. Because the Police are preferring charges against him, I am unable to make a statement beyond this,”  Kania said.

Kania was presenting a statement to Parliament on the deployment of heavily armed police outside Kyagulanyi’s home since Easter Monday when he was arrested at Busaabala and driven back home at Magere near Kasangati in Wakiso district, and has since not been allowed to leave.

The police erected barricades along the roads leading to the politician cum musician’s home, and any attempts by the legislator to move out have been instantly cracked by the police.

On Wednesday, kyagulanyi was visited by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Betty Aol  Ocan who threatened to rally opposition and like-minded  NRM MPs to boycott Parliament until Kyagulanyi is freed.

Ocan said that if the police don’t withdraw from Kyagulanyi’s home by Thursday afternoon, she will rally all MPs regardless of their political affiliations to boycott Parliamentary sessions.

 

Meanwhile, the Police have arrested five people who were allegedly planning to walk to Police Headquarters in Naguru to express their dissatisfaction over continued house arrest of Bobi Wine.

Patrick Onyango, Kampala Metropolitan police spokes, identified the suspects as Edward Ntale, Abbas Mpanga, Hajji Kigozi, Owen Ahimbisibwe and Godfrey Katongole.

“Since yesterday these people were mobilising to walk to Police Headquarters but their intentions were not known and we arrested them,” Onyango said.

Police said the suspects are being detained at Kampala Central Police Station (CPS) and they will be charged with inciting violence and unlawful assembly.

“Edward Katongole will be taken to court before the day ends because he already has a pending criminal case in court. We have been looking for him and we got him today,” Onyango said.

Police said the file for other suspects will be finalised by tomorrow morning and they will also appear in court later in the day.

Police and army had earlier in the day quelled protests in Kamwokya where some youths had burnt tyres in the middle of the road demanding that Bobi Wine should be allowed to hold his shows and represent his voters in parliament.