A military court in Uganda has denied 36 supporters of Bobi Wine bail for a second time. These supporters are members of the opposition National Unity Party. The members were arrested last December during a campaign rally for Bobi Wine in central Kampala.
13 out of the initial number of 49 people were granted bail though their movements were restrained. Bobi Wine a musician now turned politician is the leader of the National Unity Party who lost to Yoweri Museveni’s party in the recent general elections.
He is also a member of Parliament for Kyadondo County East constituency in Wakiso District, in Uganda’s Central Region. Uganda’s general elections which were held on the 14th of January, 2021 were also marred by bloodshed.
Scores of people have been reported missing and others believed to be dead. Bobi’s wine and his wife were also placed under house arrest and weren’t allowed any visitors.
Prior to the elections, Bobi Wine was arrested on the 18th of November 2020 during his presidential campaign for allegedly violating Covid-19 protocols. He has reportedly suffered abuse at the hands of Uganda’s security forces causing him to win sympathy globally.
Celebrating his 39th birthday a few days ago on the 12th of February, he said via a post on Twitter “Dear friends, so humbled by the outpouring of love on my birthday. This day in 1982, as my parents dealt with consequences of a stolen election & war raged on in many parts of Buganda, I was born.
Growing up at this age is a long story. Am thankful that I’ve been able to get here. I dedicate the next phase of my life
to continue fighting these injustices. Aluta continua. #WeAreRemovingADictator”