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Uganda Afrobeats MP rearrested, charged with treason in civilian court


<p>Robert Kyagulanyi, Ugandan musician and lawmaker is now facing treason charges before a civilian court – a Chief Magistrates Court. </p> <p>The MP popularly referred to as Bobi Wine – his stage name, was rearrested by police after a court-martial dropped charges against him on Thursday.</p> <p>Moments after the military court in the nothern town of Gulu dropped the charges of illegal possession of firearms, police whisked him to the Gulu Chief Magistrates Court.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">VIDEO</span>: MP Robert Kyagulanyi has a brief non verbal interaction with his supporters outside the court premises <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBSUpdates?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBSUpdates</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBSAT10?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBSAT10</a> <a href="https://t.co/c5HhVeIF5s">pic.twitter.com/c5HhVeIF5s</a></p>— <span class="caps">NBS</span> Television (@nbstv) <a href="https://twitter.com/nbstv/status/1032580685679210496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 23, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Kyagulanyi has been charged with treason along with others MP-elect Kassiano Wadri, Gerald Karuhanga, Paul Mwiru and others for allegedly pelteding one of the cars in the President’s convoy with the intention of harming the president.</p> <p>The Magistrate remanded them until 30th August. Bobi Wine has however been allowed to seek medical attention at any medical institution he chooses under the watchful eye of a prison authority. </p> <p>The MP appeared with a clutch in one hand and had to be assisted to enable him walk. A sight that emphasizes reports that he had been brutalized whiles in custody of the security forces – police and military.</p> <p>President Museveni had in a letter last weekend stated that Bobi Wine was fine and had suffered no injuries or fractures as reported in the media. The president described the reports as fake news.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bobi Wine has been let free by the Court Martial in Gulu. People in Kisekka Market are planning grand celebrations. Military maintains presence on the streets. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBSUpdates?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBSUpdates</a> <a href="https://t.co/0RUMy6AjQc">pic.twitter.com/0RUMy6AjQc</a></p>— #CanaryReports (@canarymugume) <a href="https://twitter.com/canarymugume/status/1032544844537884673?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 23, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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