Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has been charged before the General Court Martial in Gulu for illegal possession of weapons and ammunition before being remanded till August 23, 2018.
The legislator was arrested Monday following the chaos and confrontation with security during the by-election campaigns in Arua Municipality.
The other MPs arrested together with over 25 persons appeared before the Gulu Chief Magistrates Court earlier today.
Bobi, who appeared in the military court today, was sent to jail at Makindye Military barracks, according to Karemire.
The court session was restricted to the media.
But Defence spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire said in a statement that Bobi was “charged under Section 119 (1) (h) of the UPDF Act, 2005 on accounts of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.”
Karemire observed: “The country may recall the ugly events of Monday 13th August 2018 in Arua Municipality as the campaigns came to a close, a crowd in an illegal procession pelted stones at the convoy of H.E the President, breaking the rear glass window of one of the cars and later one person was shot dead in this whole fracas.”
He added: “As part of the investigations into these acts of violence, the Police arrested key organizers and participants including Hon Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi the Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East Constituency. During the search of his hotel room by investigators, he was found possessing arms and ammunition which are ordinarily a monopoly of the Defence Forces.”
Bobi is yet to defend himself on the charge.
Former FDC president Rtd Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu said the army should have cordoned off the hotel to conduct a proper search witnessed by local authorities.
The law stipulates that every person, not otherwise subject to military law, who aids or abets a person subject to military law in the commission of a service offence; and every person found in unlawful possession of arms, ammunition or equipment ordinarily being the monopoly of the Defence Forces; or other classified stores as prescribed, is subject to military law and can be tried in military courts as appropriate.
President Museveni today vowed a tough response to acts of political violence in the country, saying people should be allowed to participate in the electoral processes without fear.
“With uncontrolled violence in elections, many voters will fear to go for voting. This will mean the disenfranchisement of Ugandans,” said Museveni.
“Why, then, did the Ugandans shed their blood? It was in order for them to run their country through fair and free elections. I will defend that right today and tomorrow as I did in the past,” he added.
Several MPs and Bobi’s relatives today camped in Gulu to attend the court session.