Bobi Wine has been allowed to commence his political campaigns provided he complies with the Electoral Commission (EC) guidelines.
The National Unity Platform (NUP) party presidential flag bearer Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has been allowed to commence his political campaigns provided he complies with the Electoral Commission (EC) guidelines.
This was revealed on Friday by the Iganga Chief Magistrate, Jessica Chemeri who granted the presidential aspirant a one million shillings cash bail and ordered him to return to court on December 18th.
In a statement, the chief magistrate said that Kyagulanyi was free to commence his political campaigns, however, urged him to adhere to the EC guidelines in place aimed at mitigating the spread of the COVID-19.
The magistrate said that Kyagulanyi is mandated to have only 200 people attending his campaigns and all must be wearing facemasks and observing proper social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“The accused has fulfilled all the bail conditions and I hereby grant him shs1 million bails. Since he’s a presidential candidate, the accused is hereby directed to adhere to all the electoral commission guidelines,’’ part of the ruling read.
‘’His campaign meetings should have strictly 200 people, all wearing facemasks and observing social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” it added.
Meanwhile, Kyagulanyi was arrested on Wednesday in Luuka district and detained in Nalufenya Police Station on charges of negligent conduct likely to spread infectious disease, obstruction, incitement to violence and holding unauthorized assemblies.
In a statement released on Wednesday evening, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson said that Kyagulanyi was arrested for his continuous violations of the Electoral Commission and Ministry of Health guidelines, during his political rallies.
Enanga said that Kyagulanyi was massively involved in the mobilization of unauthorized assemblies and processions amidst the ongoing pandemic. He said that this forced the police to respond to the action.
However, following his arrest, many Ugandans came out to protest the action demanding the police to release the legislator.
They rushed to the streets to burn tyres and rubbish in the middle of the roads as well as aim stones towards the police officers as an expression of their dissatisfaction.
The protests have however since left several people and others dead.
According to a police statement released Friday, at least 37 people have died as a result of the demonstrations with a growing concern that the death numbers might increase in the coming days.