MP Kyagulanyi charged over social media tax protests
Three hours after detaining him at Naggalama Police station, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has been driven to Buganda Road Court where he is set to be charged for leading protests against the Over the top (OTT) tax that government introduced in July last year.
The MP was arrested at about 11:30 am on Monday at Mulago in Kampala as he drove with a huge procession of supporters to the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) headquarters in Kibuli, Kampala following summons issued by the police last week for the MP to record a statement in relation to his flopped Kyarenga extra concert.
The concert had been organized for Easter Monday at the musician-turned politician’s beach at Busaabala but was blocked by the police that also placed the MP under house arrest.
Kyagulanyi who left his home at about 9:30am enroute to Kibuli attracted a huge following of supporters that closed off Gayaza road forcing the police to fire tear gas and live bullets to disperse the crowd.
He was eventually arrested and driven to Naggalama police station in Mukono district from where he was driven to Buganda Road Court.
According to the charge sheet, Kyagulanyi is charged with disobedience of statutory duty when on July 11,2018 held a public meeting against the social media tax without notifying police contrary to provisions of the Public Order Management Act
In court, Kyagulanyi was represented by Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman Basaalirwa who asked the trial magistrate to grant the accused bail.
Court session stood over for 45 minutes after Basalirwa asked the magistrate to direct the police to grant Kyagulanyi‘s sureties access to court.