Bobi Wine aka Robert Kyagulanyi was finally freed on bail in the city of Gulu. The opposition legislator and 11 others were freed on a ‘non-cash’ bail on Monday. The court did not approve the bail application of more than 10 other suspects charged alongside the MP.
They were arraigned over their alleged role in the pelting with stones of the President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy after a local election rally. Military prosecutors on Friday dropped weapons possession charges against Kyagulanyi. A civilian magistrate ordered Kyagulanyi remanded in custody until August 30 and granted him access to private doctors citing the “health of the accused”, according to footage broadcast on state channel UBC.
Kyagulanyi had been arrested since his arrest on August 14. He was visibly weak and appeared injured, after allegations that he was tortured while in Custody of the Millitary and Police.
In recent days, Uganda’s government has faced pressure to free Kyagulanyi, with dozens of musicians around the world speaking out against his alleged beating in detention. Security forces in recent days have violently put down street protests by Ugandans demanding his release.