Bobi Wine’s Social Media Tax case
Bobi Wine’s OTT case adjourned until September over lack of witnesses. File Photo

Robert kyagulanyi common name Bobi Wine’s Social Media Tax (OTT) case adjourned until September over lack of witnesses

State Prosecutor, Barbra Kyomugisha has petitioned the court to grant them more time to summon witnesses in the trial of the Kyadondo East legislator’s Uganda social media tax case.

Bobi Wine and four others that include; David Lule, Edward Sebufu, Fred Nyanzi and Julius Katongole for disobedience of Statutory Duty section 116 of the Penal Code Act.

However, the accused have since denied the charges and granted bail. 

Kyomugisha filed the petition Monday morning after the suspects appeared before Joan Ketty Acaa, the Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate.

Explaining, Kyomugisha said that they did not summon the witnesses in this trial, because some of the suspects did not appear in the July court session on the same case.

Bobi Wine did not appear at that time because he was busy attending official duties. So, this instigated court to issue criminal summons against Bobi Wine.

After the petition, Acaa agreed and gave the prosecution the second last chance to summon the witnesses to appear on September 17, 2019, before the court.

The swift turn of the event followed the demonstrations held by the accused last year in July over the introduction of the 200 shillings daily Social Media taxation on users in Uganda and Mobile Money tax.

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The prosecution says the accused violated the Public Order Management Act 2013 which regulates public meetings without noticing any authorised person.

Briefing journalists, soon after the court session, Bobi Wine said that the charges against him and his co-accused are purposely meant to suffocate his political ambitions’ particularly his desire to stand against President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in the upcoming general elections.

He, however, vowed to stay focussed.

“We will not be diverted by anything. If they have evidence against me, let them produce it,” Bobi Wine said.

Nevertheless, through his lawyers led by Luyimbaazi Nalukola, Bobi Wine requested court to expedite the trial.

“The prosecution side should be asked to produce all the witnesses for the case to be disposed of quickly because justice delayed is justice denied. The accused are ready to be tried and it is now the prosecution delaying everything,” Nalukoola informed court.