JINJA – Kyadondo East legislator and National Unity Platform (NUP) flad bearer, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on Thursday morning refused to be released on police bond without first having access to his lawyers, the Daily Express reports.
Sources within the police that preferred anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to journalists intimated to this reporter that Kyagulanyi, currently detained at Nalufenya police since Wednesday, was Thursday morning asked to sign bond but he instead offered two options; to either be taken to court or unconditionally released without any charges.
“He didn’t want to be charged and given bond because that would mean he keeps reporting at the facility as and when he’s wanted. He said this would slow him down so he wants to either be taken to court or released,” said the source.
Bobi Wine was arrested yesterday morning in Luuka District after police accused him of doing an act that is likely to spread infectious diseases (Covid-19) contrary to section 171 of the Penal Code Act.
This morning, the presidential candidate’s lawyers were denied access to him before they were directed to first meet the regional legal officer of police.
“We are now going to see the regional legal officer because we have been here since morning and nothing material has happened. We can’t see him, not talk to him, “said Mr Benjamin Katana, one of Bobi Wine’s lawyers said in an interview.
Deadly protests have since broke out in Kampala and other parts of the country since the pop star’s arrest leading to the death of at least 7 people and 45 others injured, according to police.
Earlier on Thursday, Bobi Wine called for a levalled ground if they are to “fairly compete” with president Museveni who has been in power since 1986.
“As Gen Museveni continues his campaigns and NRM continues to hold processions, Bobi Wine is still held illegally at Nalufenya! If Museveni wants to be a sole candidate, he must state so. Otherwise, we must have a level playing field for all candidates,” reads a statement posted on social media platforms.